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Apple countersued by Psystar

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Wed Aug 27 2008, 08:39

MAC CLONE MAKER Psystar has countersued Apple claiming that the fruit-themed outfit is engaged in anti-competitive business practices.

Apple sued Psystar for copyright infringement after the company released a line of PCs with its pastel coloured operating system on board.

Psystar has counter attacked with lawsuits claiming that Jobs' Mob broke two federal laws designed to discourage monopolies and cartels, the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Clayton Antitrust Act. The outfit wants unspecified damages.

Next Psystar will probably file any suits with the Federal Trade Commission but so far has not done this.

The company said that its OpenComputer product is shipped with a fully licensed, unmodified copy of Mac OS X, and that the company has simply used open source-licensed code including Apple's OS to enable a PC to run the Mac operating system.

The only thing different, they say, is that it comes on hardware that is less expensive than Apple.

Legal experts say that although it is a fairly cool counter-strike, Psystar will have some difficulty in proving Apple has engaged in antitrust behaviour. However it might be a bit easier to argue that the company has a licensing agreement with the Apple it should be able to install it onto whatever hardware it likes. µ

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