Psystar loses its appeal against Apple’s permanent injunction

Fri, Sep 30, 2011

Legal, News

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard any mention of Psystar. You know, that makeshift hardware company that illegally put copies of OS X onto their computers?

Last we heard, Psystar was on the receiving end of a losing judgement wherein Judge Alsup granted APple’s request for an injunction against Psystar. Following that, Psystar shut down all of its operations while also deciding it would appeal the initial ruling.

Now, nearly two years later, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has heard Psystar’s case and has sided with Apple.

Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder ruled yesterday that Psystar’s Mac clones violated copyrights Apple holds, and the ban on sales will be upheld. According to Schroeder, Psystar specifically violated copyrights Apple holds in Mac OS X, and said that the U.S. District Court’s ruling in favor of Apple was just.

And so the Psystar saga is officially over. For a while, Psystar was giving Apple a tremendous amount of resistance, and led by a rambunctious kid named Rudy Pedrazza, the company seemed intent on taking the case as far as it could.

But in the end, Psystar was nothing more than a failed attempt at making a go of a business built on the sweat of others. You might remember that Psystar initially told investors it would sell upwards of 14 million clones in 2011. In reality, Psystar didn’t even sell 800 as of December, 2009 when it was effectively shut down by the court.

via CNET



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