Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Aug 2009 22:05 UTC
Legal The week isn't even over yet, and we already have another instalment in the Apple-Psystar soap opera. Psystar has filed a new lawsuit in the Florida Southern District Court in Miami, asking for an injunction and damages because of Apple's "anticompetitive attempts to tie Mac OS X Snow Leopard to its Macintosh line of computers".
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by DrillSgt on Sat 29th Aug 2009 01:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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Which suggests that Apple doesn't consider it illegal if I do it...but they do consider it illegal if Psystar does it.

Wait... double-standard?

Not a double standard at all. Fair Use as far as copyright is concerned deals with the consumer. Which of course means if you do it with your own machines, Apple, although they may not like it, can't do squat.

The definition of consumer as far as copyright and fair use goes, is "An individual who buys products or services for personal use and not for manufacture or resale. A consumer is someone who can make the decision whether or not to purchase an item at the store, and someone who can be influenced by marketing and advertisements. Any time someone goes to a store and purchases a toy, shirt, beverage, or anything else, they are making that decision as a consumer."

Another definition is "End user, and not necessarily a purchaser, in the distribution chain of a good or service. See also customer."

Psystar by definition is not a consumer by either of the above. They purchase OS X with the intent of manufacturing computers and reselling the box. That goes against copyright and DMCA.

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