Psystar agrees to pay Apple $2.7 million settlement over unauthorized Mac cloning

Hammacher Homepage 300x250“Clone Mac maker Psystar has agreed to pay Apple $2.7 million in damages in a deal that will likely bring the company’s sale of unauthorized computers preinstalled with Mac OS X to an end,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“In a joint filing from Apple and Psystar Corporation in a San Francisco court Tuesday, Psystar agreed to pay Apple $1,337,500 in damages over copyright infringement, breach of contract, and violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,” Hughes reports. “Additional damages and attorneys fees amounted to another $1,337,500, bringing the total to $2.675 million. Psystar had already lost those complaints in a summary judgment from Judge William Alsup in November.”

Hughes reports, “In exchange for the payout, Apple has agreed to not refile claims of trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, trademark dilution, state unfair competition, and common law unfair competition — items that were not ruled on by Alsup in his summary judgment.”

More info in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple will see that full $2.675 million payment on the twelfth of never.


  1. Apple won’t see the money. But officially, Psystar is paying damages. This is a big club to hold over the head of any other outfit that tries the same crap, especially one that has the money to pay the damages.


  2. Chapter 11? They can’t claim chapter 11 because they sought that in the beginning and then said never mind. So I believe that option is no longer available to Psystar. What a shame, IDIOTS!!!!

  3. Selling only 768 PC (according to a story posted on MDN) means each PC sold cost Psystar $3,515.62!

    Now THERE’S a business model for clone makers to copy. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  4. @The Other Steve

    1,337,500 / 768 = $1,741.54 per box… the other 1.3 million is for Additional damages and attorneys fees.

    Assuming 768 is the official amount of boxes sold

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