Apple demands recall of all Psystar ‘Mac clones’ sold to date

“Apple is asking a court to order Miami-based Psystar to stop making unauthorized Mac clones and to recall all of the systems it has sold to customers since it began offering them for public sale in April,” Paul McDougall reports for InformationWeek.

“In a lawsuit filed against Psystar in federal court, Apple is seeking an order ‘requiring Psystar to recall all such products sold to the public as a result of Psystar’s infringement of Apple’s copyrights,'” McDougall reports.

“It’s not immediately clear whether Psystar could legally compel its customers to give return their systems. But the clones may not be of much use for long if Psystar is forced out of business and is unable to support them,” McDougall reports.

“Psystar’s Web site was offline as of Wednesday morning,” McDougall reports.

“Apple is charging Psystar with violating its copyrights and weakening its brand image. ‘By misappropriating Apple’s proprietary software and intellectual property for its own use, Psystar’s actions harm consumers by selling them a poor product that is advertised and promoted in a manner that falsely and unfairly implies an affiliation with Apple,’ the company said in its complaint,” McDougall reports.

“Apple also charged Psystar with illegally copying, modifying, and redistributing some of its products. The 18-page complaint outlines a total of 10 charges against Psystar. Psystar officials did not return a call seeking comment,” McDougall reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Psystar’s going to have to rename the company “Smoking Crater” when this is all said and done. Our advice to Psystar: Begin applying for Superfund status immediately.


  1. Apple will probably win but “falsely and unfairly implies an affiliation with Apple” ? Let’s get real. I find it hard to believe that any customer assumed PyStar was affiliated with Apple.

  2. what the hell did they expect in the first place? For Apple to go on its knees and hail them as the “winner” for running OS X on non Mac computers? They deserve every pain from this lawsuit.

  3. To: bjh

    Never underestimate the naïveté of some consumers. If the box says Apple anywhere on it, they will believe Apple supports it. And then what does Apple do when these folks go to an Apple Store and buy Snow Leopard and then call Apple for tech support? Apple will have to turn them away because they are not using a Mac. And that’s when bad word of mouth against Apple begins

  4. “I find it hard to believe that any customer assumed PyStar was affiliated with Apple.”

    You greatly overestimate the intelligence of their customers.

    (I’d suggest checking out their funny forums but either the Psystar site is slashdotted or shutting down. The Wayback Machine may be the only way.)

  5. If there are people out there who think Windows is just as good as OS X, then there is no limit to the crap people choose to believe. People want cheap, but are surprised when they get what they pay for.

  6. I hear Apple is planning to turn Psystar HQ into a nature preserve for big cats. However “outside” sources say their feeding and physical activity plans for the Tigers, Panthers and Leopards have not been planned past Friday afternoon.

    “Inside” sources at the new preserve report their faces are being clawed off.

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