updated 07:35 pm EST, Sat December 19, 2009
Psystar lawyer claims still in business
One of Psystar's attorneys acted quickly to quiet reports that the company was closing down with a statement Saturday. Camara & Sibley LLP co-founder K.A.D. Camara claims that fellow attorney Eugene Action (and by extension Psystar head Rudy Pedraza) was "misquoted" and that the Mac clone producer is coming back after a break. As of Saturday evening, the Psystar site had come back online after a day's hiatus, but only the company's Rebel EFI software was listed, suggesting the company has honored its agreement to stop selling Mac clones.
Instead, the company plans to sell both regular PCs and Rebel EFI on the same site. It's not yet certain whether or not the system builder will pre-install Rebel EFI, but it will no longer bundle a copy of Apple's software.
The Florida-based company has argued that Rebel EFI isn't covered by the injunction won by Apple and that offering the emulation software means it's no longer directly violating the Mac OS X end user license agreement. Apple has disagreed and is fighting Psystar's appeal against the injunction as well as a Psystar countersuit that accuses Apple of violating antitrust laws by refusing to allow its OS on non-Apple hardware.
As of press time, Action hasn't responded to Computer World inquiries about the seeming contradiction between attorneys.