Apple scores major win in Psystar case


— 6:00 AM on November 16, 2009

Things just got ugly for Psystar. As MacWorld reports, District Judge William Alsup has ruled that the Miami-based start-up "violated Apple's exclusive reproduction right, distribution right, and right to create derivative works" by selling unauthorized Mac clones.

Not only that, but Alsup also granted both Apple's motion for summary judgment and Apple's claim that Psystar "violated the anti-circumvention and anti-trafficking provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act." In the words of Groklaw, "It's a total massacre. . . . Psystar is toast." Groklaw has posted the full text of the order here in PDF format, as well, if you want to see the carnage first-hand.

That said, MacWorld notes that Psystar filed a lawsuit against Apple in a Florida court three months ago, accusing the Mac maker of illegally tying its operating system to its hardware. Judge Alsup threw out a similar countersuit a year ago, though, and Groklaw says his latest decision doesn't bode well for the Florida suit.

   
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