“Walking in the door at Camara & Sibley feels like wandering into someone’s apartment by mistake,” Loren Steffy reports for The Houston Chronicle. “The office is at the top of an unmarked staircase in a half-finished building near Rice Village. Inside, Kiwi Camara, wearing horn-rimmed glasses, khakis and an open-collared shirt, is pacing and talking on his cell phone. Tim Nyberg, sitting on document-laden couch, has long hair and wears faded jeans and an untucked shirt. An electric guitar hangs on the wall.”
Steffy reports, “The two are leading a case that could open the door for lower-priced imitations, or clones, of Apple’s high-dollar Macintosh computers and enable PC makers like Dell and Hewlett-Packard to sell Apple’s operating software.”
“Earlier this summer, the attorneys agreed to defend Psystar, a family-owned Florida business that builds computers with Apple’s operating system and sells them for about half the price… Apple sued the company in July 2008, claiming the Psystar clones violated Apple’s software licenses,” Steffy reports.
“The case seems a slam-dunk. Apple specifies that its operating system can only be installed on Apple hardware. Along the way, Psystar filed for bankruptcy. In June, Psystar President and co-founder Rudy Pedraza asked Camara to take over the company’s defense,” Steffy reports. “For Camara, it seemed like the perfect case.”
Steffy reports, “Camara & Sibley has five lawyers and five support staffers, but it shuns hourly billing, long the maintstay of the legal profession. Instead, the firm charges a flat rate, and for big cases like Psystar, it gets nothing if its lawyers lose. Hourly billing is simply a way for law firms to mitigate risk, and risk doesn’t bother Camara.”
Steffy reports, “Camara is something of a legal wunderkind. He entered Harvard Law School in 2001 at age 17 and graduatedmagna cum laude two years later. Nyberg’s background is also unusual, having been an engineer for Netscape before going to law school.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We can’t wait until Camara & Sibley win this case. Not only will they get paid and be able to afford a real office (and maybe even a nice legal name change for poor Kiwi), but Apple’s Mac OS X will rapidly overtake the POS Windows in worldwide operating system market share. Even better, precedent will be set that enable others to do the same type of things such as forcing Sony to license their PS3 system software to Microsoft for inclusion on Xbox and to Nintendo for the Wii (and vice versa, in all possible combinations). Man, this is going to be great!