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Psystar is now refocusing its efforts on its unlocking software, but Apple is looking to hand it another defeat

Apple's legal campaign to crush Mac cloner Psystar made headlines several times over the last year and provoked diverse responses.  Some were supportive of Apple, arguing that the company had every right to tightly enforce the strict provisions on its operating system.  Others argued that Apple was being abusive and manipulating its position to sell overpriced hardware.

In the end Psystar was handed a defeat in a summary judgment.  Earlier this week it announced that it was partially settling with Apple.  Now details of that settlement have been finalized.

Psystar, which already went bankrupt once, has agreed to pay Apple $2.647M USD in damages for marring its "brand image" by releasing Mac clones.  It also agreed to suspend production and sales of all its Mac clones and has since pulled the sales page from the company's website.  The decision casts uncertainty on the status of orders from those who bought Mac clones in the final days before the settlement, individuals whose systems have not yet been shipped.

While the situation seems to be dire for Psystar, the company vows to persist in its campaign of rebellion.  The company is now focused on its unlocking software offering Rebel EFI, which allows OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) to be installed easily on a variety of hardware configurations with Intel processors.  Rebel EFI provides support for multi-boot systems with a mix of Linux, Windows, and OS X installed.

Apple is trying to kill off Rebel EFI, though.  The company is battling Psystar in a separate case in Florida court.  The Mac clone case took 17 months, so it appears that the final fate of Psystar won't be decided for some time.  The odds seem stacked against the company, though; the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which helped hand Apple a victory in the clone case, specifically outlaws users or businesses to circumvent software protections, even on devices they legally own.  As Psystar is doing exactly that, it seems to be on some pretty weak legal ground, regardless of how "fair" the DMCA is.

Until the hammer drops, though, Psystar plans to continue to sell its software and defy Apple's closed box business model.



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RE: Funny thing about Apple... and boot camp
By stugatz on 12/3/2009 12:52:04 PM , Rating: 5
Exactly, Apple is neither a hardware company, or a software company, they are a "brand package" company. They design their software to work with a specific set of hardware, and sell you that resulting product at an inflated price, because consumers have come to believe there is extra value in the Apple brand, they know what they are getting, and are willing to pay extra for it and the support they know they can get.

Once Psystar comes in and starts breaking up that model by selling the OS on non Apple hardware, there is no longer that guarantee that things will work as expected, people at a friends house with a Psystar Mac, could see it crash, and tarnish the brand, which is the important thing for Apple to avoid.


By seamonkey79 on 12/4/2009 12:22:39 AM , Rating: 2
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or should I say...

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