SUPREME COURT VICTORY

SUPREME COURT VICTORY

LOGOS congratulates Síminn hf., an Icelandic telecom company, in it‘s victory in Sýn hf. vs. Síminn hf. The case, which started with injunction procedures initiated by Síminn hf. against Sýn hf. (trading as Vodafone in Iceland) in 2015, came to an end on 18 October, when the Supreme Court of Iceland handed down a judgment, accepting all demands by Síminn hf.

The dispute concerned the non-linear distribution of the television broadcast of the television station Skjárinn (now Sjónvarp Símans), owned by Síminn hf. Síminn hf. claimed that the distribution was both a breach of it‘s rights as a television broadcaster under copyright law and a breach against a distribution agreement then in place between the parties, whilst Sýn hf. claimed both that the distribution agreement did allow for the non-linear distribrution and that by denying it the possibility of non-linear distribution to be a breach of both competition law and media law. The Supreme Court came to the conclusion that the distribution agreement did not allow for the non-linear distribution. and that therefore the behaviour of Sýn hf. constituted a breach of Síminn hf. rights under copyright law, as well as media law. The Supreme Court added that regardless of whether Síminn hf. was in breach of competition law or media law, such breach could not allow Sýn hf. to decide on it‘s own to continue the non-linear distribution.

Our partner Hjördís Halldórsdóttir represented Síminn hf.