“Psystar began selling a Mac clone last spring, despite the fact that the Mac OS X licensing agreement forbids people from installing the operating system on anything other than an Apple-branded machine.,” Jim Dalrymple reports for Macworld.

“That prompted a copyright infringement lawsuit from Apple, which not only wants Psystar to stop selling its Open Computer but to recall every Mac clone it has sold. Psystar countered with a suit of its own, accusing Apple of violating antitrust laws. While U.S. District Judge William Alsup dismissed Psystar’s suit in November, the clone maker has since amended its complaint against Apple. In the new filing, Psystar contends that Apple is misusing copyright by tying OS X to Mac computers,” Dalrymple reports.

“Psystar’s latest filing sets the stage for what figures to be a protracted legal battle,” Dalrymple reports. “And while it’s easy to grasp what’s at stake for Psystar–an Apple victory would mean the end of Psystar’s Mac cloning efforts and quite possibly the end of the company itself–it’s less clear what the implications of a Psystar victory would be.”

Dalrymple reports, “Charles Baker, a partner at the Houston-based Porter & Hedges law firm… who has argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, said that even if Psystar did win, the case would be limited to a certain extent to the OS X license agreement… That would be good news for Apple.”

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