Psystar to countersue Apple

— 10:51 AM on August 27, 2008

What's more surprising: that Psystar decided to sell hacked-together Mac clones without Apple's consent, that it vowed to fight Apple in court when the latter understandably sued, or that it's now decided to countersue Apple? We think that last one probably takes the cake.

According to CNet News, which quotes one of the Miami-based clone maker's attorneys, Psystar is invoking the Sherman and Clayton antitrust acts and alleging that Apple's Mac OS tie-in represents "an anticompetitive restrain of trade." Yes, you read that right. Psystar will attempt to prove that Apple violates antitrust laws by bundling its own hardware and software together. Stranger yet, CNet says the countersuit demands "unspecified damages" from Apple.

Psystar owner Rudy Pedraza thinks Psystar has a noble goal. "What we want to do is to provide an alternative, an option...It's not that people don't want to use Mac OS, many people are open to the idea, but they're not used to spending an exorbitant amount of money on something that is essentially generic hardware," he told CNet. Psystar continues to sell Mac OS X-powered "Open Computers" clones to this day.

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