Originally Posted by AppleInsider
Psystar wants to sell Snow Leopard
Florida-based Psystar is hoping to bring Apple's latest operating system to its line of knock-off Macs. In a complaint filed in a Florida court Thursday, Psystar seeks an injunction and damages due to Apple's "anticompetitive attempts to tie Mac OS X Snow Leopard to its Macintosh line of computers."
The filing claims that Psystar is entitled to be able to buy copies of Snow Leopard on the market and install them onto its own computers that it re-sells. The suit alleges that the company is already capable of installing the new operating system on its hardware.
they already filed and lost this suit like a year ago. nothing has changed other than the software version.,
the court says that Apple has all legal right to tie the OS to their hardware etc. they will say the same thing again given that Apple still doesn't have market strength to make it an antitrust issue.
Psystar is just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
Originally Posted by Dorotea
How in the heck could any court force apple to sell its own product to a competitor. I don't get why this could ever possibly happen.
well if Apple, like Microsoft, held a dominant share of the market, then tying hardware and software would give certain hardware companies unfair advantage in their market. this is a no-no under anti-trust. just like using your dominance in the OS market to push one web browser over all others is a no-no (that got Microsoft in big trouble).
HOWEVER, the courts have already heard this case. From Psystar, who tried to claim that Apple had 100% share of the market, via claiming that there is such a thing as a Macintosh Market. The courts tossed it, saying that no, the market is Personal Computer Systems/Operating Software and Apple lacks anything close to dominance and therefore at this point in time can do whatever they what. including restrict the hardware and sellers of said hardware for use with their software.
that it is now Snow Leopard and not Leopard does not change this.
also, it is very likely that Psystar is using the same DCMA violating bootloaders as before. and thus increasing the chance of this going to a criminal level of damages. Which goes hand in hand with the 'unexpected' loss of all sales data. But even without that data, they would face some monetary damages per the various copyright laws, which actually state that profit is not a factor in whether a violation has occurred. you can give the information/technology away and still be in violation. the sales data would just dig them in deeper.
As for the ATT thing, I"m personally happy. ATT is risking a lot of trouble making special rules for the iphone. they are better off treating all smart phones the same. yeah, customers won't like it but with luck the FCC is going to decide that the time for no more sim locks has come and all carriers that can support a phones technology can have it and then we can choose to stay ATT or go to T-Mobile who might take advantage of the sitch and offer a better deal. like say $25 for unlimited data AND texting with MMS actually working.