Linked by David Adams on Mon 3rd Oct 2011 17:33 UTC, submitted by Adurbe
Legal Apple has the right to continue restricting its operating systems to its own hardware thanks to a decision handed down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder wrote in her opinion that Apple's Mac OS X licensing agreement was indeed enforceable against Psystar, which had sold non-Mac computers with Mac OS X installed.
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RE[3]: It's their OS
by tupp on Mon 3rd Oct 2011 20:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: It's their OS"
tupp
Member since:
2006-11-12

Once Apple sells the product, the new owner should have the right to do whatever they want with the item. Apple doesn't own the copy anymore.

If the new owner wants to sell and advertise the product, he/she has to describe the product in the advertisement. So, in Psystar's case, the description would read something like, "includes a copy of Apple OSX." As long as Psystar doesn't use an Apple logo, then Psystar is doing nothing wrong nor misleading.

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RE[4]: It's their OS
by jimmy1971 on Mon 3rd Oct 2011 20:51 in reply to "RE[3]: It's their OS"
jimmy1971 Member since:
2009-08-27

Okay...I can feel my needle edging away from "reluctantly agree" to "disagree"...

My sense through all of this is that Apple is engaging in hardware protectionism through misapplication of the term "copyright infringement".

Edited 2011-10-03 20:56 UTC

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RE[5]: It's their OS
by twitterfire on Mon 3rd Oct 2011 21:10 in reply to "RE[4]: It's their OS"
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

Okay...I can feel my needle edging away from "reluctantly agree" to "disagree"...

My sense through all of this is that Apple is engaging in hardware protectionism through misapplication of the term "copyright infringement".


It's exactly what they are doing. They are a software company which design reasonable good software but instead of selling software make their money by forcing end-users to buy expensive and subpar hardware from them. It's like MS forcing you to buy their PCs and phones for 5x the real price.

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