Psystar files appeal against Apple win

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac “Psystar is formally appealing the permanent injunction Apple secured against it in court,” MacNN reports. “Filed on Thursday, the request to the US Court of Appeals’ Ninth Circuit challenges the ban on selling Mac clones, the summary judgment and protections surrounding the details of dispositive (settlement-related) motions in the case.”

“Without the legal option of selling Mac clones or the Rebel EFI firmware needed to trick Mac OS X into installing on non-Apple PCs, Psystar has had little choice but to cease most of its main business and has taken to selling t-shirts protesting the loss,” MacNN reports.

“Without [a successful] appeal, the Florida-based PC shop is otherwise faced with having to pay nearly $2.7 million in settlement damages to Apple for allegedly violating the Mac producer’s license agreement, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other copyright-related issues,” MacNN reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


  1. It’s widely believed that “someone” is funding these clowns in order to achieve a goal of some sort. I got to wondering… what if it is Apple setting this all up in order to set a legal precedent regarding their rights to tying OS X to the Mac? That’s as good a conspiracy theory as any. 😀

  2. It is a bunch of dumbass lawyers (sorry, is that redundancy?) trying to make a name for themselves as working for the oppressed against the big bad corporation. No conspiracy, just good old greed!

  3. Really, there’s nothing surprising about this. Isn’t it standard operating procedure to file an appeal if there’s even a ghost of a chance of getting a ruling overturned?

    Remember, the success rate of appeals is only something like 25%. Psystar doesn’t get to make all it’s arguments again during the appeal. All they can do is convince the appellate court that Judge Alsup made some procedural mistake. And that’s damned unlikely.


  4. OK, so I hadn’t seen the Psystar t-shirt, and just went to their site to check it out.


    That’s right, you can go to their site and make a donation, presumably to either pay their legal costs, or the penalty they owe Apple.

    Donations amounts are $20, $50, or $100.

    They’re still thinking big. Although, I suppose or long lost friend RattyMouse donated.

    BTW, the t-shirt is lame.

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