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  • Court Shuts Down Psystar Forever


    In November, Apple asked a Federal judge to issue a permanent injunction against the rebel Mac clone maker Psystar, forbidding them from ever selling any computer bundled with Mac OS X. Yesterday, the California U.S. District Court responsible for ruling in the matter issued its decision in Apple's favor, essentially ending the seventeen-month-long legal battle.

    Specifically, Psystar has been prohibited from:
    1. Copying, selling, offering to sell, distributing, or creating derivative works of plaintiff’s copyrighted Mac OS X software without authorization from the copyright holder;
    2. Intentionally inducing, aiding, assisting, abetting, or encouraging any other person or entity to infringe plaintiff’s copyrighted Mac OS X software;
    3. Circumventing any technological measure that effectively controls access to plaintiff’s copyrighted Mac OS X software, including, but not limited to, the technological measure used by Apple to prevent unauthorized copying of Mac OS X on non-Apple computers;
    4. Manufacturing, importing, offering to the public, providing, or otherwise trafficking in any technology, product, service, device, component, or part thereof that is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing a technological measure that effectively controls access to plaintiff’s copyrighted Mac OS X software, including, but not limited to, the technological measure used by Apple to prevent unauthorized copying of Mac OS X on non-Apple computers;
    5. Manufacturing, importing, offering to the public, providing, or otherwise trafficking in any technology, product, service, device, component, or part thereof that is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing a technological measure that effectively protects the rights held by plaintiff under the Copyright Act with respect to its copyrighted Mac OS X software.

    Observers note that the injunction does not specifically include the Rebel EFI software that Psystar has been selling to help users put OS X on machines themselves. Judge William Alsup said Alsup said he left that part vague because Psystar's statements to the court avoided explaining specifically what Rebel EFI does, and the judge decided he could not determine whether the program fell into the category of things Apple was asking him to restrict. However, he said Psystar's contention that they have a right to sell Rebel EFI probably would not hold up if tested in court.

    The injunction takes effect immediately, but Psystar has until December 31 at the latest to stop all of its sales operations. Alsup told the company, however, that it would be better if they would shut their doors within the hour if at all possible.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Court Shuts Down Psystar Forever started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. domaid's Avatar
      domaid -
      Better try to get my hands on Rebel Efi software quickly then :-P
    1. ruslan120's Avatar
      ruslan120 -
      haha my thoughts exactly!

      p.s. NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
    1. symondavis's Avatar
      symondavis -
      Errrrm why use Rebel EFI? google Empire EFI, it's freakin free!
    1. xwinger's Avatar
      xwinger -
      die psystar!
    1. techrider62's Avatar
      techrider62 -
      Die apple Die
    1. organik's Avatar
      organik -
      Rebel EFI works much better than Empire EFI, for me at least. It has been WELL worth the $50 to not mess with the normal hackintosh route. Sure, you can make it work, eventually. Rebel EFI worked flawlessly for my hardware.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Finally! This issue should have been dealt with long ago. I'm surprised they didn't make pystar pay Apple for what profit they made.

      Die Pystar!
    1. VBLUE42's Avatar
      VBLUE42 -
      Its laughable that they thought they could win this.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Go riddance. I believe that individuals should pass on information about how to do this and not have companies try to underhand another. That said I want a RebelEFI, but I doubt I'll build another PC for a while.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      Finally! This issue should have been dealt with long ago. I'm surprised they didn't make pystar pay Apple for what profit they made.

      Die Pystar!
      They did have to pay Apple a few million. I think around 2.8 Mil
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      I saw this and screamed NOOOO!
    1. PeeceKeeper's Avatar
      PeeceKeeper -
      I've never used any Psystar product, but I see no reason why the courts were in favor of Apple.

      The software (Mac OS X) can be purchased seperatly. So why all the fuss? The only reason Apple is trying to put a stop to them is because of greed. They dont want you to buy the software, they want you to buy the hardware.

      There are some people that cant afford those computers. Frankly, I wouldn't want to pay that much even IF I had the money. In a way this would have been good for Apple because if products were abroad that were cheaper than current Macs, and people could have Mac on that instead, their popularity would go up drastically.

      W.e, Apple is just greedy. Everyone saying "die Psystar", you're probably better off than most in terms of money. Yeah, Apples own computers are likely better than other manufacturers for running Mac OS X, but what if people dont need THAT high of quality?

      Its like buying generic-branded food (Winn-Dixe brand, Publix brand, etc.) versus name branded foods at the grocery store. Some people dont mind the slight loss of quality for a cheaper price.

      Im sorry to say it, but everyone supporting Apple and saying Psystar was WRONG, are just fanboys. Why give a company THAT much control? Its perfectly fine for them to have SOME control, but Apple has ABSOLUTE control on their products.

      In a sense, those who buy Apples products are paying Apple to control the way they use what you're supposedly buying. Psystar wasn't distributing cracked versions of OSX (if they were, then I would agree with Apple). They purchased valid software.
    1. riku98523's Avatar
      riku98523 -
      OSX is a closed operating system what is this about buying it separately? I don't think you can buy it legally unless you buy it straight from Apple for an Apple built computer.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by PeeceKeeper View Post
      I've never used any Psystar product, but I see no reason why the courts were in favor of Apple.

      The software (Mac OS X) can be purchased seperatly. So why all the fuss?
      Because in the EULA you agree to before installation states that you agree not to install the software on anything other than Apple sold hardware. It's BS, but that's the agreement.
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      Ok, so Microsoft gets sued for monopolistic practices by bundling IE with windows. Apple does the same thing with safari and even sues a company that builds hardware that can run maxos. How is apple not practicing the same if not worse
      monopolistic practices? They essentially killed the only competition they had in terms of hardware. Fu k apple, Fu k steve jobs, and Fu k all the associated fanboys.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Well, good-bye...
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      Ok, so Microsoft gets sued for monopolistic practices by bundling IE with windows. Apple does the same thing with safari and even sues a company that builds hardware that can run maxos. How is apple not practicing the same if not worse
      monopolistic practices? They essentially killed the only competition they had in terms of hardware. Fu k apple, Fu k steve jobs, and Fu k all the associated fanboys.
      While I agree about the Safari and IE thing, Apple doesn't have anywhere near the market share that Microsoft does and quite frankly IE is by far the worst browser ever made. At least Safari is good, though it has been painfully slow for me after SL and the latest updates. Microsoft should be fined for even releasing IE!
    1. wiiwet's Avatar
      wiiwet -
      hi, is any one owning a Mac computer? i only have the iphone and i don't read any agreements. is any one know if you brought a mac, do you own it or you lease it???

      not sure i should buy a mac???
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Alright HTC fans - start pulling your "Apple fanboy" flags and flame people who have apple devices on an Apple forum...
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      Alright HTC fans - start pulling your "Apple fanboy" flags and flame people who have apple devices on an Apple forum...
      Sorry, the forum you're referring to is that way. --->