About a month ago Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) decided to sue a small computer company in Florida called Psystar for selling hacked versions of Apple’s operating system. Apple filed the suit one day after Psystar sold modified copies of the Mac OS X 10.5.4 Leopard updates to their previous customers.
Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP led the case for Apple. The lawsuit was filed on the basis of copyright infringement according to AppleInsider. Psystar sells a desktop for $400 that has PCs running a Mac OS X operating system. Later a representative from Psystar taunted Apple to try and sue them… If Apple did attempt to sue them, it would be in violation of antitrust laws. Apple responded to the challenge.
Today Psystar plans on filing a lawsuit back to Apple with the allegations that Apple is engaging in anticompetitive business practices. Psystar claims that the OpenComputer product sells with a licensed and unmodified copy of the Mac OS.
“My goal is to provide an alternative, not to free the Mac OS,” stated Rudy Pedraza, owner of Psystar. “What we want to do is to provide an alternative, an
option…It’s not that people don’t want to use Mac OS, many people are
open to the idea, but they’re not used to spending an exorbitant amount
of money on something that is essentially generic hardware [CNET].”
More details to come on Pulse 2.0 as this news fleshes out further.