Psystar Ordered To Halt OS X System Sales: The End Is Nigh

Is it over? Is it really, really over? Can we finally stick a fork in Psystar 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" variety.

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 business.

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.