updated 01:45 pm EDT, Mon July 13, 2009
Apple lawsuit continues
Apple's licensing infringement lawsuit against Psystar is progressing again, with the trial now scheduled for January 11, 2010. The proceedings had been delayed due to Psystar's bankruptcy filing, which the company recently moved to drop after the Florida court decided the Apple suit would still be allowed to continue.
The infringement lawsuit centers around Psystar's pre-installation of Mac OS X software onto non-Apple PCs. Apple contends that the process of bypassing the software's built-in protections against installs on non-Apple products is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Psystar has filed a counterclaim that accuses Apple of overextending the copyright protection.
The lawsuit's discovery deadline is August 21, with replies due two weeks later. Any pre-trial motions must be filed by October 8 and there is a pre-trial conference scheduled for December 14th.
There is an interesting note in the case -- due to Psystar's bankruptcy filing, payments to its legal team must be reported in the bankruptcy court, where Apple is considered a creditor and therefore privy to the information. This information could expose any individuals or companies that Apple believes are secretly assisting the clone maker.