Apple wins permanent injunction against would-be ‘Mac cloner’ Psystar

The New Mac mini “Apple and Psystar concluded 17 months of litigation Tuesday when federal judge [William Alsup] issued a permanent injunction against the unauthorized Mac OS X hardware creator, banning it from selling hardware with Apple’s operating system,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

The judge banned Psystar from:

• Copying, selling, offering to sell, distributing or creating derivative works of Mac OS X without authorization from Apple.
• Intentionally inducing, aiding, assisting, abetting or encouraging any other person or entity to infringe Apple’s copyrighted Mac OS X software.
• Circumventing any technological measure that effectively controls access Mac OS X, including, but not limited to, the technological measure used by Apple to prevent unauthorized copying of Mac OS X on non-Apple computers.
• Playing any part in a product intended to circumvent Apple’s methods for controlling Mac OS X, such as the methods used to prevent unauthorized copying of Mac OS X on non-Apple computers.
• Doing anything to circumvent the rights held by Apple under the Copyright Act with respect to Mac OS X.

Hughes reports, “Alsup ruled that Psystar must comply with these by midnight on Dec. 31, 2009 at the latest.”

Read more in the full article, including info about Psystar’s US$50 “Rebel EFI” product which allows certain Intel-powered PCs to run Mac OS X, here.

Edible Apple’s article on the matter is also recommended here.


  1. For the past 17 months we’ve had to endure the likes of rattymouse and his lies about a thieving company. It feels good to know that an end has come to this.

    It seems that rattymouse has been caught in a mouse trap while trying to steal someone’s cheese. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  2. I note in the article that Psystar was careful not to explain how Rebel EFI works. I can believe that. What I’ve been hearing during this case is that Mac OS X is encrypted, with a standard decryption key included in all Mac hardware. If that’s the case, any software which facilitates the installation of Mac OS X on a standard PC would have to break this encryption.

    In other words, Rebel EFI must violate the DMCA

    And for those who cheer because Rebel EFI is “in the wild” no matter what happens next, understand that Apple doesn’t care. Stray hobbyists and pirates don’t bother Apple. Someone making a business out of selling pirate systems to consumers that otherwise would have no desire or ability to pirate, on the other hand, is an issue, and one that’s been nicely taken care of today.


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