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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Long term prospects are bad for Psystar
by nt_jerkface on Sat 29th Aug 2009 03:30 UTC
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OSX is a product of Apple, not Psystar. Apple has a monopoly on Apple computers just as Coke has a monopoly on Coka-cola. Anti-trust laws do not exist to force a company to sell their product in a manner that benefits another company. They exist to ensure competition in the market that the company competes in, and in the market of personal computers Apple has competition. Note also that having a monopoly isn't illegal. You have to also show that consumers are hurt by it. Monopolies often exist because consumers are satisfied and thus capital is directed elsewhere.

Psystar is free to compete by building their own operating system. The components are there, they could make their own linux distro that is essentially an osx clone. However they have gone the low route which is to hire some lawyers.

Even if they get a judge to side with them Apple can always pull its operating system off store shelves. They could charge a rediculously high price and offer a rebate for apple hardware buyers. It's their product, they have the cards. There are a ton of ways that they could screw psystar.

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Yup, Apple is completely within their right to take OSX off the shelves, or charge ridiculous amounts for off the shelf copies of OSX.

Psystar, should be completely within their right to pay those ridiculous prices and resell it on their own computers for what ever price they see fit.

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