From a few days to c, the subject of the infamous “Right to repair” It's been in vogue, whether it's the US government's decision that opening an electronic product can't void your warranty or discovering a bizarre effect on recent versions of iOS that makes iPhones repaired by unauthorized service centers unusable. . Now one more case comes to thicken the broth.
Everything happened at Norway, as reported to Motherboard: Last year, Apple discovered a small unauthorized repair center for its products that was using alternative parts for its services. Replacement screens, for example, came from Hong Kong and were refurbished by third-party factories from damaged original panels.
Immediately, Cupertino sent a letter to the business owner, Henrik Huseby, ordering him to cease activities immediately, destroy the counterfeit parts, and pay a $ 3,000 fine and sign a pledge never to import, sell, or work again. with items that inflicted Apple's trademarks.
Huseby decided that he would not sign or obey anything; Apple then appealed to Norwegian justice, suing the small business owner. And then, surprise: even with five lawyers working on the case, Ma came out losing in the clash. The Norwegian court ruled that Norwegian law “does not probe a person repairing mobile devices to import screens from Asian manufacturers that are 100% compatible and fully identical to Apple's parts, as long as Apple's trademarks are not applied to the product” .
Apple appealed the decision, and now both parties are awaiting further consideration by the Norwegian court.
Although the specifics of the case apply only to the Norwegian territory, the decision can be seen as an advance in the defense of the “Right to repair” One cause, as I said above, is increasingly discussed and is being addressed even by lawmakers from various countries: 18 states are studying law enforcement, which would oblige electronics manufacturers to sell replacement parts. and repair tools for the public and unauthorized service. Apple is doing lobby against the laws in all these 18 states.
Advocates of the right to repair claim that Ma, as well as other companies with similar instances, wants to monopolize services to maintain high repair prices. As stated by the executive director of Repair.org, Gay Gordon-Byrne:
Apple is proving itself to be the worldwide symbol of the right to repair movement. They continue to make our case by suing legal service providers like Henrik, lying to consumers about slowing processor performance instead of swapping batteries, and practicing the pinnacle of hypocrisy: building products that are hard to fix and at the same time say concerned about the environment.
Apple has not commented on the case, but we do know its general position on the matter and can even predict what a possible announcement would be about it. He would say that the company values the excellence of its products and cannot guarantee that excellence through third parties; I would also add that AppleCare + is for anyone who wants extended coverage at lower costs. But be enough?