Is it over? Is it really, really over? Can we finally stick a fork in
and consider them "done?" We can't honestly say we can until
the company comes forward and makes a claim that it's giving up the act
of selling its own flavor of OS X-loaded machines, but it sure looks as
if it may have sold its final rig based on new reports from the legal
side. According to AppleInsider, Apple and Psystar recently wrapped up
nearly 1.5 years of court battling, but it was less of a handshake and
more a judge-mandated injunction. An injunction of the "permanent"
The ruling essentially does what you'd think it would--it bans Psystar
from selling hardware with Apple's operating system. According to the
ruling, Psystar has until December 31, 2009 to comply, though the
company has already been ordered to begin the process ASAP and take the
most hasty path to complying with the order. For anyone who has been
following this story, this nail in the coffin is just what we expected
to happen. The courts already ruled in Apple's favor, and it honestly
would have taken an (early) Christmas miracle for Psystar to have that
kind of order reversed. If you're interested in what else the courts
decided this week, here's an excerpt below. As for the chances that
Psystar will continue to ignore orders and sell
these? Slim to none,
particularly since they haven't even moved 1000
since going into
The ruling comes after both parties presented their oral arguments
Monday afternoon before U.S. District Judge William Alsup. The judge
banned Psystar from:
- Copying, selling, offering to sell, distributing or creating derivative works of Mac OS X without authorization from Apple.
- Intentionally inducing, aiding, assisting, abetting or
encouraging any other person or entity to infringe Apple's copyrighted
Mac OS X software.
- Circumventing any technological measure that effectively
controls access Mac OS X, including, but not limited to, the
technological measure used by Apple to prevent unauthorized copying of
Mac OS X on non-Apple computers.
- Playing any part in a product intended to circumvent Apple's
methods for controlling Mac OS X, such as the methods used to prevent
unauthorized copying of Mac OS X on non-Apple computers.
- Doing anything to circumvent the rights held by Apple under the Copyright Act with respect to Mac OS X.