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.