Judge Permanently Enjoins Psystar from Selling Mac Clones

Lora Bentley

In case you missed it Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup granted Apple's request for a permanent injunction against Mac clone maker Psystar.


The Florida-based company started selling the Mac OS X installed on non-Apple hardware, in blatant violation of Apple's end-user license agreement, in April 2008. In July, Apple sued to protect its copyright and enforce its EULA. A month later, Psystar filed a countersuit against Apple alleging antitrust violations -- and set out to become the thorn in Apple's side for the next year and a half. It persisted in selling its Mac clones until it had to declare bankruptcy, but emerged from reorganization only to tout new products capable of running Mac OS X.


As of Tuesday, however, it should finally be over. In his All Things Digital post published on CNET, John Paczkowski explained the injunction "bars Psystar from peddling PCs with the Mac OS X operating system preinstalled, from circumventing the technological measures Apple uses to prevent unauthorized copying of Mac OS X, and from assisting others in doing so." The judge gave the company until midnight Dec. 31, to "bring its conduct into compliance."


Interestingly, the injunction did not specifically include Psystar's newest product, the Rebel EFI software, which allows Mac OS X to be installed on PCs. Psystar undoubtedly plans to appeal.

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