Psystar Back in the Fight Against Apple

Psystar, the most publicized Mac cloner of all, appears to be back with a second wind and truly prepared to fight Apple in court.

"Open PC" maker Psystar takes PC hardware and through special software is able to make it compatible with Mac OS X. This obviously set Apple's legal team in action, who believes that the installation of Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware is a violation of the end user license agreement.

Psystar appeared to be avoiding confrontation with Apple when it filed for bankruptcy protection, but then the courts decided to allow the legal battle to proceed. Now Psystar is back and ready to fight – or at least it seems so from a posting on its company blog.

"Everyone here values openness. And that’s how we’re going to fight Apple: in public. We have nothing to hide. We buy hundreds of copies of OS X legally, from retailers like Amazon and Apple itself," the blog read. "We’re probably one of Apple’s biggest customers. Then we install these copies of OS X, along with kernel extensions that we wrote in-house, on computers that we buy and build. Then we resell the package to people like you. That’s it."

Psystar doesn't believe that the copyright on Mac OS X gives Apple the right to dictate which hardware it is permitted to run on, just as how it cannot tell developers what type of software to write – which suggests that Psystar sees itself as a Mac developer. Either way, the company now seems better ready to fight with new legal counsel.

"Now we’ve changed lawyers to better reflect who we are. Camara & Sibley LLP of Houston, Texas, has officially become our primary legal counsel in our ongoing litigation with Apple," the blog continued. "A new trial date has been set for January 11, 2010, in federal court in San Francisco. As we move toward trial, we’ll be keeping you informed about the arguments, the evidence, and what’s going on in the case. And, come January, Camara & Sibley will be ready to fight for Psystar, guns blazin’."

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  • megamanx00
    Sure hope Psystar wins. I don't like OSX myself, but I like Apple trying to force people to use it's generic overprice PC hardware even less.
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  • cekasone
    Even though I would never use OS X, I am happy to see Psystar putting up a fight against the big dudes. Apple just wants to be the only company out there providing consumers with OS X. You don't see Microsoft getting all pissed when people buy Windows and install it on a custom built machine.
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  • Parrdacc
    Go Psystar!
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  • cekasone
    Even though I would never use OS X, I am happy to see Psystar putting up a fight against the big dudes. Apple just wants to be the only company out there providing consumers with OS X. You don't see Microsoft getting all pissed when people buy Windows and install it on a custom built machine.
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  • megamanx00
    Sure hope Psystar wins. I don't like OSX myself, but I like Apple trying to force people to use it's generic overprice PC hardware even less.
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  • Parrdacc
    Go Psystar!
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