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.