Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Oct 2009 21:45 UTC, submitted by JayDee
Hardware, Embedded Systems Just when you thought you saw it all. So, we all know about Psystar, the two lawsuits between them and Apple, and all the other stuff that's been regurgitated about ten million times on OSNews alone. Well, that little company has taken its business to the next level - by announcing an OEM licensing program.
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RE[7]: Oh no..
by alcibiades on Sat 10th Oct 2009 17:35 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Oh no.."
alcibiades
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The issue between the two cases is this.

In the case of Psystar, what is being argued against is that the owner of a copy, or Psystar as his agent, performed an installation. In doing so they made copies. However, they were granted the right to make those copies under Title 17 S117 because it was essential to make those copies to use the software of which they owned a copy with a machine.

In no way can it be argued that it is necessary to install Glider to use the Warcraft packages with a machine. So the essential difference is that the conduct of a Hackintosher is protected under copyright law, and is thus not a copyright violation.

This means that even if you get sued for installing OSX on the 'wrong' kind of machine, you will get sued for breaking a civil contract, not for violation of copyright law. Which is much, much more serious and a criminal not simply civil matter.

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