Monday, April 14, 2008

PsyStar Says, "On Guard!"

As reported by MacRumors:

InformationWeek spoke to an employee of Psystar, the company responsible for the previously reported $399 Mac Clone. [An] employee [for Psystar] known as "Robert" claims that they will challenge Apple's Mac OS X End User License Agreement (EULA) which specifically prohibits the installation of Mac OS X on non Apple-branded machines.

[Robert] also said Psystar believes Apple's prohibition against third-party installations might not hold up in court: "What if Honda said that, after you buy their car, you could only drive it on the roads they said you could?"

Robert said Psystar will continue to sell the OpenMac system, despite the fact that it appears to violate Apple's EULA. "We're not breaking any laws," he insisted.

Indeed, Apple's EULA agreement is not cast into law, but simply represents an implicit agreement ("contract") between the user and company. The enforceability of EULAs, however, has been a subject of much debate, and a true legal challenge would be very interesting. That being said, Robert's loose use of the word "monopoly" and car/road analogy does not necessarily inspire confidence in his legal prowess.

Of note, Psystar has changed the name of their Mac clone from "OpenMac" to "Open Computer", presumably due to trademark issues surrounding the use of the term "Mac".


1 comment:

I am a lover of children's literature said...

Since I can be a little crazy at times, I posted today this crazy theory that maybe, just maybe: Psystar is, in fact, really Apple?

Yes, I know it's a crazy idea, but there are a few reasons, as I state in my post, that I think that this might be the case.

I won't go into the reasons, but as I said, "It's just a crazy theory," and one that I wrote about for the fun of it - but still, the idea that Psyster is an Apple dummy corporation still could be true, couldn't it?