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Apple files suit against Mac cloners

updated 12:10 pm EDT, Tue July 15, 2008

Apple sues Psystar

Apple has begun legal proceedings against Psystar, documents confirm. The suit is actually noted to have been filed on July 3rd, through the US District Court for the Northern District of California. Both Apple and Psystar have generally remained quiet on the issue, however, leaving discovery of the information to investigation.

The suit accuses Psystar of license, copyright and trademark infringement, as a result of selling its $400 OpenMac computer. The system uses cheaper, standard PC parts to run Mac OS X, but Apple's licensing terms strictly forbid installing the OS on non-Apple hardware. Psystar has remained defiant, in fact challenging Apple to file suit with the belief that the latter is violating antitrust protections. "What if Microsoft said you could only install Windows on Dell computers?" one Psystar employee is said to have commented.

The lawsuit was issued shortly after Psystar began distributing a modified version of the Mac OS X 10.5.4 update.





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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    buh-bye Psystar

    If Microsoft and Dell had an exclusive licensing agreement then Dell would be pissed.

    They don't so Psystar hasn't got a leg to stand on. Down they go. It was only a matter of time and I'm surprised it took this long.

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    This just in...

    ...Psystar decides to return to its email spamming business while offering its customer base $1,000,000 checks that they only have to "SIMPLY DEPOSIT TO YOUR ACCOUNT RIGHT NOW!".

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    This just in...

    This is rich: "What if Microsoft said you could only install Windows on Dell computers?"

    Wow, imagine a company running their product only on their product.

    People do ya hear me, we need Hope and Change right now! This free market thing has run it's course. We need government intervention!

  1. jhawk95

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Ridiculous

    "What if Microsoft said you could only install Windows on Dell computers?" one Psystar employee is said to have commented.
    "

    What idiots at Psystar!

    The difference is that Apple does not license their OS to run on ANY other computer but their own. And they have the right to do just that.

    Psystar is toast now. Goodbye. They deserve this and it should have came a lot sooner. Go make your own product and stop trying to profit from Apple's incredible innovations.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    well..

    if Microsoft had that in their EULA, then it could only be installed on a Dell ;)

  1. noza

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    finally

    Bye-bye Psystar! Nice knowin' ya...

  1. Chris Hutcheson

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    The final word(s)?

    Current response on the Psystar Website - "Database Error: Unable to connect to the database:Could not connect to MySQL"

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    oooh

    The EULA says you can't do it?? Well, then that's that, I guess. Because we know we all believe in the full legality of EULAs.

    Now, they would get blasted on trademark infringement regarding 'openMac', but that was changed, so I doubt it would be a court killer.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    what world are they in

    specialized bike stuff is only sold in certified stores and not by mail order. it's their choice. nothing antitrust about it. same here.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    CA

    Since the company is in FL, shouldn't they be sued in FL? Or is this where you sue them wherever you can (or, in the case of some suits, wherever they think they can get the best decision in their favor).

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