Is someone pulling the strings behind Psystar?

— 3:21 PM on December 4, 2008

Apple apparently believes there's more to Psystar than meets the eye. As Groklaw reports, the iPod maker has included the following in an amended complaint against the unlicensed Mac clone vendor:

18. On information and belief, persons other than Psystar are involved in Psystar's unlawful and improper activities described in this Amended Complaint. The true names or capacities, whether individual, corporate, or otherwise, of these persons are unknown to Apple. Consequently they are referred to herein as John Does 1 through 10 (collectively the "John Doe Defendants"). On information and belief, the John Doe Defendants are various individuals and/or corporations who have infringed Apple's intellectual property rights, breached or induced the breach of Apple's license agreements and violated state and common law unfair competition laws. Apple will seek leave to amend this complaint to show the unknown John Doe Defendants' true names and capacities when they are ascertained.

Is Apple being paranoid? Perhaps, but why would a small start-up decide to challenge Apple so openly, retain a major law firm with the intent of fighting Apple in court, and even attempt to countersue? The plot thickens.

(Incidentally, Apple's amended complaint also alleges that Psystar violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by, among other things, "illegally [circumventing] Apple's technological copyright protection measures that control access to Apple's Copyrighted Works.")

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