“A Doral company founded by two South Florida brothers has been sued by technology giant Apple, which is attacking the Mac clones the brothers started selling in April,” Evan S. Benn reports for The Miami Herald.

“Attorneys for Apple are accusing Psystar Corp., owned by Rudy and Robert Pedraza, of copyright and trademark infringement and breach of contract for building and selling ‘cloned’ computers that run on Apple’s Leopard operating system,” Benn reports. “In addition to monetary damages, Apple wants a court to force the Pedraza brothers to stop selling their clones and to recall every computer that has already been shipped to Psystar’s customers.”

“In an interview with The Miami Herald in May, Rudy Pedraza talked about eventually selling the Mac clones in retail stores and moving into a bigger headquarters. He compared what he and his brother were doing to ‘the Boston Tea Party of computing,'” Benn reports. “‘We are challenging the establishment to make the market better for everyone else,’ Pedraza said.”

“But Apple’s licensing agreement prohibits using its software on non-Apple computers… ‘Apple had to sue,’ attorney Randy Friedberg said Monday from Olshan Law in New York, where he handles intellectual property and technology matters. ‘They’re very protective of their IP and their brand,'” Benn reports. “‘I think Apple’s goal was to say: ‘Don’t screw with us,” Friedberg said. ‘And I do believe they’ll end up putting these kids out of business.'”

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