Psystar has become infamous in recent months for their introduction of what they call an “Open Computing” platform. What they mean is that they’re selling Apple clones running the OS X operating system. Using widely available software hacks, Psystar managed to reproducibly create Intel-based PCs running Apple’s software.
Given that Apple is primarily a hardware company and writes the software so they can sell more hardware, you can bet that they were less than pleased. Apple filed suit against the company in July, claiming that Psystar was abusing its trademarks and brand, and of violating the contract laid out in the OS X EULA. Psystar’s defense was that they ship a completely unmodified copy of the OS X operating system.
Today, Psystar countersued Apple under the Sherman and Clayton Antitrust Acts, maintaining that Apple creates unfair and anticompetitive trade practices. These arise from the locking of their software to Apple-only hardware. While their claims may seem surprising, Apple must take care which path they choose. Despite the odds, if Psystar were to win a judgement over Apple, it could open the market wide open for Mac clones to flood the scene.
Apple sues Psystar on Yahoo
Psystar sues Apple on Yahoo
The Psystar OpenComputer product page