Apple Scores Big in Case Against Psystar

Business Week reports that a federal judge in San Francisco has ruled (via Groklaw) that Psystar violated Apple’s copyright as well as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and granted Apple’s motion for summary judgment while denying Psystar’s counterclaims.

"In sum, Psystar has violated Apple's exclusive reproduction right, distribution right, and right to create derivative works," said Judge William Alsup.

The ruling comes after more than a year of legal volleyball between Apple and Psystar and, while it represents a significant victory for Apple, the case is far from over. Apple has several other claims against Psystar, each outlined in an 18-page legal document filed in July 2008. These included copyright infringement and dilution of the Apple brand. The company also alleges breach of contract and trademark infringement.

A hearing on remedies is scheduled for Dec. 14.

Read the full story here. Check out our complete coverage of the Psystar case via the links below (chronological order, of course).

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  • Spanky Deluxe
    Great news. Whether you like Apple or not, they took the work of both Apple and the Open Source x86 hackintosh community and used it to their own financial gain without obtaining any kind of licensing from Apple and without giving anything back to the Open Source community.
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  • STravis
    I think the only surprise here is that it took so long.

    BTW, Psystar has also pissed off a lot of the Open Source community for taking their work and 'repackaging' it in their systems (and charging for it).

    All in all, Psystar is a class act.
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  • STravis
    I think the only surprise here is that it took so long.

    BTW, Psystar has also pissed off a lot of the Open Source community for taking their work and 'repackaging' it in their systems (and charging for it).

    All in all, Psystar is a class act.
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  • Spanky Deluxe
    Great news. Whether you like Apple or not, they took the work of both Apple and the Open Source x86 hackintosh community and used it to their own financial gain without obtaining any kind of licensing from Apple and without giving anything back to the Open Source community.
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  • socrates047
    its just stupid, cause i think pystar had no chance of going against apple. This is because just the legal fees will rob psystar of all of its money. Apple has a lot of money that they can use to fight in the court. That is just how it is, Individuals and or small companies have no chance of winning against big companies
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