“US-based Mac clone maker Psystar plans to file its answer to Apple’s copyright infringement lawsuit Tuesday in the US as well as a countersuit of its own, alleging that Apple engages in anti-competitive business practices,” Erica Ogg reports for CNET News.

“Miami-based Psystar, owned by Rudy Pedraza, will sue Apple under two federal laws designed to discourage monopolies and cartels, the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Clayton Antitrust Act, saying Apple’s tying of the Mac OS to Apple-labeled hardware is ‘an anti-competitive restrain of trade,’ according to attorney Colby Springer of antitrust specialists Carr & Ferrell,” Ogg reports.

“Psystar is requesting that the court find Apple’s end user licence void, and is asking for unspecified damages,” Ogg reports.

“Springer said his firm has not filed any suits with the Federal Trade Commission or any other government agencies,” Ogg reports. “The answer and countersuit will be filed Tuesday afternoon in the US in the US District Court for Northern California.”

“Apple will have 30 days to respond to Pystar’s counter-claim. In the meantime, Pedraza says it will be ‘business as usual’ at company headquarters,” Ogg reports.

More in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: All these years, all we’ve ever heard from these commodity box assemblers, large and small, is that “Windows is good enough; close enough to Mac that it doesn’t matter.” Come to think of it, though, we haven’t heard it much, if at all, in recent years. Anyway, one thing’s for sure, Psystar doesn’t believe the lie. They want the real deal: Mac OS X. So does Michael Dell. Therefore, if it isn’t already, it should soon become crystal clear to everyone that Bill Gates was wrong: it obviously does matter that Apple’s stuff is better.

Bottom line: Psystar is paying Apple a huge compliment.

So, good luck in prolonging the case to all involved, as every headline and article about it will broadcast the message that Mac is worth fighting for because Windows isn’t good enough. (It never was.)

Apple’s advertising agency couldn’t have dreamed up a better marketing campaign.