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Psystar accuse Apple of OS X copyright failure

Psystar accuse Apple of OS X copyright failure

In the ongoing litigation between Psystar and Apple, the Mac clone manufacturer have claimed Apple failed to file for copyright protection of OS X, and as such are "prohibited from bringing action".  The argument was submitted last week, as part of Psystar's defence against Apple's charge of copyright infringement; it follows Psystar's counterclaim suit against the company being thrown out of court last month.

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Psystar counterclaim suit against Apple thrown out

Psystar counterclaim suit against Apple thrown out

Bad news if you thought that Psystar's counterclaims suit against Apple might see OS X opened up to all and sundry.  A California judge has dismissed the suit, paving the way for Psystar's retaliatory defence to Apple's initial lawsuit being thrown out of court unless they can better substantiate their claims.  Apple sued Psystar in July 2008, over the company's range of computers running a hacked version of OS X; Psystar promptly filed a counterclaim that Apple was violating antitrust laws by preventing other companies from producing OS X-based machines.

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Psystar Blu-ray Mac-clone with GeForce 9800GT cocks snook at Apple

Psystar Blu-ray Mac-clone with GeForce 9800GT cocks snook at Apple

Apple and Psystar may be talking in more reserved tones about their ongoing legal battle, but that doesn't cut the smack-talk out of press releases.  After Steve Jobs described Blu-ray as "a bag of hurt" for consumers at the recent MacBook and MacBook Pro launch, Psystar president Rudy Pedraza has criticized Apple for taking a back-seat on the next-gen optical technology.  To hammer the point home, you can now specify one of Psystar's OS X-running clone machines with a Blu-ray burner.

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Apple could face licencing demands if Psystar case goes awry

Apple could face licencing demands if Psystar case goes awry

In an interesting - and potentially even more expensive - twist to the Apple/Psystar legal case, it's now emerged that not only are Apple looking for financial restitution from the clone-makers, but the recall and destruction of every Psystar machine running OS X that has been sold.  However, while this is remarkably thorough on Apple's part, some are questioning whether the move could in fact leave them open to more copycat machines should the final ruling not go entirely their way.

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Apple file against Psystar for EULA, trademark & copyright infringement

Apple file against Psystar for EULA, trademark & copyright infringement

Rating around "no surprise" on the predictability chart, Mac-clone manufacturer Psystar has just received some unpleasant legal documentation from Apple, alleging counts for violation of its shrink wrap license, trademark and copyright infringement.  The suit, filed at the federal district court for the northern district of California, suggests Apple has been infuriated not only by Psystar contravening their EULA, but by the potential damage to Apple's reputation what with the Psystar machines proving less than popular with owners and reviewers alike.

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PsyStar Open Computer gets roundabout access to Apple updates

PsyStar Open Computer gets roundabout access to Apple updates

PsyStar, maker of OS X clone computers, have solved half of their most significant drawbacks, though there's still some confusion over exactly how legitimate their solution is.  Although the appeal of a cheap machine running Apple's lauded software was a draw for many, the inability to load an existing copy of Leopard (you had to buy it from PsyStar) and the absence of Apple updates left them lacking polish.  Now PsyStar are offering access to Apple Updates, but not in the way you might immediately think.

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Psystar benchmark performance fair, but Open Computer lacks polish

Psystar benchmark performance fair, but Open Computer lacks polish

Psystar may have shown they can deliver their OS X-running Open Computer into customers' hands, but now attention turns to whether this pre-built Hackintosh can offer comparable performance and, even more importantly, stability to Apple's own range.  Engadget have been running some preliminary tests [warning: loud autoplay video!] on their unit, and while the benchmarks seem to suggest the Open Computer falls somewhere within the Mac mini/iMac/MB/MBP range, they've also had some persistent hardware and software issues.  These include regularly dropped network connections, incompatibility with the Apple System Profiler and a fan that sounds like a chopper taking off.

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Psystar customer demos Open Computer, but who exactly is the target audience?

Psystar customer demos Open Computer, but who exactly is the target audience?

Psystar's Open Computer video demo may have prompted more questions than it perhaps answered, but it did encourage one Gizmodo reader Patrick (username Whiskeyfrown) to reveal that he'd not only put down the money for a non-Apple system running OS X but had already taken delivery of it.  At the time, his comments were:

"I used this machine all day today at work without a hiccup. So far everything is working perfectly (something I can’t say about my G5 it’s replacing) Photoshop, Firefox, VMware Fusion (I know…ironic) as well as the OS itself all performed as expected" Patrick (Whiskeyfrown)

Now Patrick has produced a video of his Psystar system in action, including tracing the VGA cable from tower to monitor just to confirm it's not some under-the-table Mac doing all the hard work.

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Psystar video demo OS X clone; at least one customer claims delivery

Psystar video demo OS X clone; at least one customer claims delivery

Psystar likely expected to incur the wrath of Apple at some point during their OS X clone business, but they perhaps didn't predict the amount of ire from outraged Mac fans.  Having been branded both criminals and vaporware-peddlers, the company has attempted to rebuke at least the latter of those accusations with a video purporting to be their Open Computer system running, in three different setups, OS X, ubuntu and Windows Vista.  You can see the video after the cut, but be warned it's already got the conspiracy theorists muttering.

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