Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Sep 2009 16:09 UTC
Legal A very simple question for you. How often have you resold software that you legally purchased? Often enough, right? Well, if it's up to Autodesk, the company behind AutoCAD, you will no longer be allowed to resell your software. Update: As it turns out, the matter has already been resolved: Autodesk lost. A win for all of us.
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Apple-Psystar is different though.
by NathanHill on Wed 30th Sep 2009 17:06 UTC
NathanHill
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2006-10-06

Cause, Apple would lose if Psystar was just buying copies of Leopard and selling them to customers. Weird business model too, unless you got some kind of bulk deal. Or if Apple tried to stop Psystar from selling used Macs with system disks and all.

The Apple-Psystar is already much more complicated, involving hardware, third party software used to install Leopard, copyright/trademark questions, modification to software, and so on. I just don't see the similarity.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Cause, Apple would lose if Psystar was just buying copies of Leopard and selling them to customers. Weird business model too, unless you got some kind of bulk deal. Or if Apple tried to stop Psystar from selling used Macs with system disks and all.

The Apple-Psystar is already much more complicated, involving hardware, third party software used to install Leopard, copyright/trademark questions, modification to software, and so on. I just don't see the similarity.


Nothing ever stopped Pystar from selling computers with compatible EFI firmware (obviously without any Apple trademarks or decompiled/reverse engineered code) that coincidentally happened to be compatible with Mac OS X but were pre-loaded with Windows or Linux. It would be the easiest way to get around the whole issue without running into any problems.

The people who run Pystar are just plain dumb - as dumb as those who went and bought EFI-X only to find out it was an over priced thumb drive with open source components. I want to see Apple's feet put to the fire but those who go about it need to be smart instead of attempting to take on the IT giant head first.

If they did the above we'd be talking about the latest Pystar laptop running Snow Leopard instead of a law suite that could easily have been avoided.

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