Apple files lawsuit against Psystar

— 1:14 PM on July 15, 2008

Just when Apple was starting to give the wrong impression about its stance toward Psystar, the iPod maker has set the record straight by filing a lawsuit against the unlicensed Mac clone vendor. As ZDNet reports, the lawsuit alleges that Psystar infringes on Apple's copyrights, violates the company's licenses and trademarks, and "diluted the Apple brand to boot."

Psystar announced its Open Computer—a $499 PC with Mac OS X pre-installed using a third-party hack—all the way back in mid-April, and it took Apple until July 3 to file the suit. Reportedly, Apple spent those two and a half months waiting to see whether Psystar was actually selling its Open Computers before taking action (although the systems were already out in the wild in May).

ZDNet says a case management conference will take place on October 22 to "determine where the case goes from here." Considering Apple's notorious legal resources and the fact that Psystar seems to be a small Floridian company, we wouldn't be surprised to see the latter pummeled into submission. Then again, some legal experts think Apple could have a hard time proving any wrongdoing on Psystar's part.

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