Apple will still pursue Psystar through bankruptcy

By Justin Mann on June 24, 2009, 3:21 PM
Shortly after declaring bankruptcy, Psystar received an automatic stay on Apple's legal actions against them while they reorganized and worked out internal issues. Naturally, the Cupertino company wasn't content with this, claiming it was just a stall tactic to avoid legal proceedings, and filed a motion requesting that the stay be lifted. Turns out, after considering testimonies from both sides, the courts agree with Apple and gave them green light to move forward with their case.

That's very bad news for Psystar, who is obviously already on shaky financial ground. After suffering numerous setbacks in their legal fight against Apple, their only hope was to get Apple out of their hair long enough to prepare a stronger defense. At this point, it doesn't appear that they will be given that liberty. They can still file an appeal but, according to Ars, it seems more likely that Psystar will be unable to pay for its legal defense, and may end up settling the dispute before the matter goes to trial on November 9 as planned.

Psystar may be doomed, but the Mac clone market isn't done yet. There are numerous other Mac clone manufacturers seemingly flying under Apple's radar. One of them, Quo Computer, announced just about a month ago their intentions to open a retail store specializing in Mac clone hardware.

No doubt after taking down Psystar Apple will continue to attack these companies. Looking at the situation from a historical standpoint, one can't help but draw parallels to this modern-day scenario and the numerous legal battles that IBM fought when manufacturers began developing IBM PC clones which spawned the modern desktop computer that is so ubiquitous today.




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polidiotic said:

Apple's as bad as the EU. ;/

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Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

Well, as the article mentions, there are others that will fill the void.

No doubt Apple is 'picking on the weak' here to set nasty precedent for others to abide. I'll be awaiting the verdict... With the copyright/IP laws the way they are (or at least interpreted), I imagine (perhaps, sadly) Apple will win this one.

tengeta tengeta said:

Hackintosh will never die.

IBM, DEC, Bell, and a horde of other monopolists tried to lock their systems to their hardware and it just never worked out in their favor in the end. Apple's time is coming, they have held their stuff together longer than anyone else has.

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