Judge provides final verdict in long-running Apple vs Psystar case

Court bans Psystar from operating

A US court has issued a permanent injunction against Mac clone creator Psystar, bringing a 17-month lawsuit to an end.

According to Apple Insider, the presiding judge pronounced his verdict after both sides presented their oral arguments earlier this week, and ruled that Psystar could not produce any software derived from OSX without Apple’s permission, assist anyone else in infringing Apple’s copyright or do anything to circumvent Apple’s copyrights.

Psystar has until midnight on December 31st to comply with the ruling.

One item that has raised speculation is the Rebel EFI software that Psystar created to enable certain Intel-based PCs to run OSX. However, although it was not specifically mentioned in the verdict, the judge said that Psystar’s right to sell the software was weak.

“Whether such a defense would be successful on the merits, or face preclusion or other hurdles, this order cannot predict,” commented the presiding judge. “What is certain, however, is that until such a motion is brought, Psystar will be selling Rebel EFI at its peril, and risks finding itself in contempt if its new venture falls within the scope of the injunction.”

It is likely that the Rebel EFI issue will be settled when the Psystar vs Apple anti-competition counter-suit is settled.

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