Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 22:42 UTC, submitted by anon
Legal The legal back-and-forth between Apple and clone-maker PsyStar continues to develop, with the latest news being a move by Apple - the Cupertino company has invoked something with many already predicted Apple would call upon: the DMCA, or the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. This was done in an amendment to the original suit, filed in July this year.
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RE[4]: Comment by Darkmage
by alcibiades on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 07:28 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Darkmage"
alcibiades
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The final solution, is actually very obvious. Apple needs to require a signed contract.

This is not right. The clause in the Eula is not enforceable, since it conflicts with competition and consumer protection legislation in most if not all OECD countries. It makes no difference how it is presented. Even if signed in blood under oath in the presence of a notary public, it will still not be enforceable. This is the whole point of consumer protection legislation: you cannot sign away your rights. This is the whole point of competition law: you cannot be bound by contract to terms and conditions which violate it.

Its not about how it is presented or entered into. The problem is the terms of the contract themselves.

Apple has one choice: whether to sell OSX at retail, or not. If it does, it is not going to be able to prevent installation on non-Apple branded machines. At least, not on the merits of the case. It may be able to bully Psystar into stopping. That's a different matter.

As to the DMCA, it is a mystery how Apple thinks this one will fly on its merits, since all modifications are made solely to permit interworking - that is, to allow installation on a competitive platform, and the DMCA explicitly permits that.

On a related subject, it continues to amaze that people keep referring to Psystar machines as clones. This is simply nuts, it is Apple's machines that are clones of the standard x86 PC. Psystar, like Apple, is just supplying a few of the 200 million plus of these machines which ship every year. You might as well refer to all CD players, or Sony's, as Cambridge Audio clones. Like Apple with x86 computers, Cambridge Audio is a minority supplier of CD players, who entered the market for that product years after it was well established by others.

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