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[2]: It's their OS
by rhavyn on Mon 3rd Oct 2011 23:16 UTC in reply to "RE: It's their OS"
rhavyn
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2005-07-06

I disagree that any copyrights have been violated in the Psystar case. From what I have read, they were selling their computers with copies of OS X that had been legally purchased from Apple. There was no illegally copying of software going on. Maybe I'm missing something here.


Psystar was modifying the installed OS X image to boot on non-Apple hardware. Redistributing modified copyrighted works for profit is by the books copyright infringement.

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RE[3]: It's their OS
by jimmy1971 on Tue 4th Oct 2011 00:15 in reply to "RE[2]: It's their OS"
jimmy1971 Member since:
2009-08-27

Okay...were they distributing the boot image itself, or just the machine onto which the boot image was used to install the OS? Correct me if I'm wrong, but the computers were being sold with OS X pre-installed. Selling installation media with the modified boot image itself would have been a different story.

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RE[4]: It's their OS
by rhavyn on Tue 4th Oct 2011 05:16 in reply to "RE[3]: It's their OS"
rhavyn Member since:
2005-07-06

Okay...were they distributing the boot image itself, or just the machine onto which the boot image was used to install the OS? Correct me if I'm wrong, but the computers were being sold with OS X pre-installed. Selling installation media with the modified boot image itself would have been a different story.


Actually, it doesn't matter. You can't distribute a modified version of a copyrighted work. Whether it was installed or not is irrelevant. Even providing an automated way to make the change would be contributory copyright infringement, and in fact, Psystar was enjoined from selling software that would do exactly that.

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