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Psystar denies Apple conspiracy allegations

updated 10:00 am EST, Wed December 24, 2008

Psystar denies conspiracy

There is no conspiratorial effort being made to steal Apple's intellectual property, Psystar claims in federal court documents. Apple has accused Psystar of violating the license for Mac OS X Leopard by installing the software on third-party hardware; expanding on this, however, Apple has accused Psystar of having the help of 10 other people or companies, which it has been unable to name. "The true names or capacities, whether individual, corporate or otherwise, of these persons are unknown to Apple," a statement reads. "Consequently they are referred to herein as John Does 1 through 10."

Apple has promised to expose the John Does at a later date, but in its response, Psystar denies both the illegality of its actions and the existence of a "concerted effort to commit infringement of Apple's intellectual property rights." It further describes Apple's license agreements as "unenforceable" without the help of intellectual property law.

The two companies have been embroiled in a legal battle since July, when Apple first filed suit against Psystar. The initial allegations were followed by a countersuit, in which Psystar accused Apple of maintaining a monopoly. While it has been forced to drop monopoly claims, Psystar nevertheless maintains that Apple is unfailry blocking competition by preventing third-party installation of otherwise legal copies of Leopard.

by MacNN Staff



  1. das

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It further describes Apple's license agreements as "unenforceable" without the help of intellectual property law.

    Uh, that's the POINT of intellectual property law. It doesn't just become invalid because you don't agree with it.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Uh

    Heh, exactly! What an idiotic point to make.

  1. VinitaBoy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Behind the scenes . . .

    There is absolutely no way that this piss ant "company" has generated the profits necessary to sustain Apple's legal onslaught. Absolutely no way. These guys are being backed by somebody with very deep pockets, and I can't wait to find out who they are.

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: Behind the scenes...


  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    the reason apple doesnt want them to get away with it, is because if they get away with it they wont make much money, but other companies will think it is ok and they will also do it. It seems obvious that they wont make much money, because any of us can easily install it on our computers using a downloaded version like aitkos or kalyway, which is illegal which you should never download. :)

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I find it hard to believe

    I find it hard to believe that pystar actually purchased each individual copy of leopard from Apple. This is such an obvious sham. Go Apple

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Do you own one?

    How many people do you know that actually bough a PsyTrash??? Where are they getting their money from???

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    let's see...

    ...who put money into that SCO bullshit...? let's see... who was that again...?

    oh yeah! microsoft. remember those guys?

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Behind the scenes

    Actually my hunch is that it's Dell. They're so desparate these days, they'll do just about anything. And they have expressed interest in selling OS X in the past (of course that'll never happen).

    They must have some deep pockets for legal actions, because this kind of legal proceedings are REALLY EXPENSIVE!!

  1. driven

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I second the opinion of Dell. They've expressed that they wanted OSX before and they are one of very few companies that could sustain this long against Apple's lawyers.

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