Is a corporation behind Psystar?

Wed, Dec 3, 2008

Legal, News

Groklaw has a must-read article for anyone following the ongoing legal dispute between Apple and Psystar.

Apple has filed a motion to amend its complaint [PDF] to add a claim of violation of the DMCA, among other new and enlarged claims. Here’s the proposed Amended Complaint [PDF]. So, not only have all of Psystar’s counterclaims been thrown out, but now it faces new claims. But here’s the big news. Apple alleges that it believes there are corporations and/or individuals behind Psystar, who may be added as defendants once Apple in discovery finds out who they are. Woah. Here’s the new paragraph that made my eyes bug out:

18. On information and belief, persons other than Psystar are involved in Psystar’s unlawful and improper activities described in this Amended Complaint. The true names or capacities, whether individual, corporate, or otherwise, of these persons are unknown to Apple. Consequently they are referred to herein as John Does 1 through 10 (collectively the “John Doe Defendants”). On information and belief, the John Doe Defendants are various individuals and/or corporations who have infringed Apple’s intellectual property rights, breached or induced the breach of Apple’s license agreements and violated state and common law unfair competition laws. Apple will seek leave to amend this complaint to show the unknown John Doe Defendants’ true names and capacities when they are ascertained.

So, Apple apparently believes that somebody else is behind Psystar, which might help to explain why a major law firm would take on what seems like a fly-by-night’s case; also why Psystar has been so bold in continuing to sell its products. I knew this thing felt funny. As Alice in Wonderland might put it, “It gets interestinger and interestinger.”

Wow.  This is getting interesting.  As we’ve reported earlier, Psystar’s counterclaims don’t have any legal legs to stand on, and it was always curious why a prestigious lawfirm would defend Psystar in the first place.

Related: The Psystar Myth (and the shady people who run it)



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