Attack of the Mac Clones

by Terry 4/15/2008 4:42:00 PM

Defiant Psystar back selling Leopard computers
As you might recall, Psystar's Web site was overwhelmed Monday after it was found to be selling cheap computers with Mac OS X Leopard preinstalled. This caused quite the commotion, as Apple does not license its operating system to other hardware makers, and specifically prohibits (PDF) end users from installing Mac OS X on anything other than an "Apple labeled" computer.

Time is always a crunch, I wish I had more time to research this. Psystar is, in fact, making headlines selling full-on Mac clones. This is interesting. It reminds me of the Franklin clones from the 1980’s. I wonder how this will turn out. I am inclined to say that Apple may be more in the right. Apple has no obligation to sell their software for use on anyone’s hardware but their own. Some pundits are claiming that breach of contract of the End User License Agreement is the weekest of legal bindings. I do not claim to know law in any way. I would still bet that Apple's money is a pretty big stick non-the-less.

The legal issue is more interesting than the clone-machine sales. If I already own OS X, and my Apple hardware burned in a freak accident, is it truly illegal for me to reconstruct new hardware from third-party vendors to install the operating system on?

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