Fingers crossed for Norwegian repairer Henrik Huseby today 🇳🇴

All eyes on Norway today, as an Oslo court will decide on Apple’s appeal in their suit against professional repairer Henrik Huseby. Apple sued him for using refurbished mobile screens. They lost last year but appealed.

Background

@Kaja_Juul_Skarbo (from Restarters Oslo) is in touch with Huseby’s lawyers, and is planning on dropping by the hearing. We are in touch the author of the story above, so we are hoping whatever happens for some good coverage.

Apparently Huseby will have to wait another two weeks (or more!) for a judgement. We’re going to talk with @Kaja_Juul_Skarbo about how we might be able to help in some way.

In the meantime, we can all enjoy Louis Rossman’s remote testimony to the Norwegian court. He posted it on YouTube :laughing:

Huseby is quoted in this Norwegian website, (machine translation with corrections)

“This is my job and what I live off of. I stand for what I do and don’t want to bow to Apple’s threats and demands. Apple wants a monopoly on repairs, so they do not sell original spare parts. I’m standing up for what I think is right”

Watch out for a Motherboard article, and potentially more media in coming weeks.

Here’s the Motherboard piece. Well done @Kaja_Juul_Skarbo :raised_hands:

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Here’s the latest: Apple won against Huseby. The court found the screens counterfeit, based on limited analysis of the glass on the refurbished screen assemblies. Lots of technicalities and annoying details, but in the end Apple is nearly successful in preventing third party repairers access to the best spare parts.

Huseby is considering an appeal to the Supreme Court. The machine translation here is truly awful, but…

Here’s a decent translation of the article above, by @Kaja_Juul_Skarbo

Huseby-case in Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.pdf (173.0 KB)

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Here is my comment on the court decision:

Originally published in the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv on July 16.

In the SMART project we are organising a team of legal experts to support Huseby in preparing for the appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Thanks for sharing this @Maja_van_der_Velden, it’s a really helpful summary!

What a travesty. I hope the Norwegian Supreme Court does the right thing.

This is maddening, enraging, stupefying, disheartening…and I still use an iPhone SE.

Henrik Huseby has to decide next week if he appeals to the Supreme Court (Høyesterett) in Norway. His main concern is financial. He is worried that if he loses, his bill will be even higher. There is a crowdfunding site for him, organised by the Green Party:

https://culturaflokk.no/prosjekt/støtt-uavhengige-reparatører/7894a7fb-c791-444f-b0eb-921409750c60

Support henrik Huseby!!!

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Thanks for the update @Maja_van_der_Velden. We’ve been talking with European partners with the soon-to-be-launched Right to Repair campaign about how best to support. We’ll have more news ASAP!

Meanwhile, it’s great to see the Norwegian crowdfunder already launched and gaining support.

Just to say that Apple is pursuing this legal strategy of attacking small repair businesses in new countries/jurisdictions and it’s something we need to consider systematically/strategically. And hopefully proactively.

I translated Henrik Huseby’s appeal to the Supreme Court.

Unofficial_Translation_Appeal_Henrik_Huseby.pdf (111.3 KB)

He also started a Gofundme site - to reach a more international audience:

Greetings, Maja

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Thanks @Maja_van_der_Velden, very helpful - we suggested that he changes the currency to an international one, so that it’s easier to donate for people outside Norway (who might be confused by Norwegian krones) - we’ll then promote the site

Henrik Huseby has started his own fundraising for the right to repair at GoGetFunding.

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:rocket: News in this case: