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Psystar Sobers Up, Lawyers Up, Prepares to Die Go to Court

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Oh, thank god, we almost went a whole month without hearing from everyone's favorite EULA-flaunters: Psystar is back, again, and ready to fight, again, except this time with real-sounding lawyers, and without the outward appearance of insanity.

You'd be forgiven for thinking Psystar had fallen off some kind of wagon a few weeks ago, when they somehow emerged from (possibly strategic) bankruptcy only to immediately release another hackintosh product, just like the ones that landed them in their predicament in the first place. Their move was bold; their post-bankruptcy statements, hilariously brash.


Now the Psystar PR team, such as they are, is back at it, and they're rallying the troops—this time, with a softer, more nuanced, but possibly still totally wrong message:

Apple's copyright on OS X doesn't give Apple the right to tell people what they can do with it after they buy a copy. Apple can't tell an applications developer that it can't make a piece of Mac-compatible software. They can't forbid Mac users from writing blogs critical of Apple. And they can't tell us not to write kernel extensions that turn the computers we buy into Mac-compatible hardware.

A new trial date has been set for January 11, 2010, in federal court in San Francisco. As we move toward trial, we'll be keeping you informed about the arguments, the evidence, and what's going on in the case. And, come January, Camara & Sibley will be ready to fight for Psystar, guns blazin'. We hope to see you there!


Camara & Sibley? That sounds suspiciously legitimate! And what happened to David and Goliath, and applesauce? It seems they're moving away from the silly rhetoric and returning to an older, more sympathetic refrain:

Everyone here values openness. And that's how we're going to fight Apple: in public. We have nothing to hide. We buy hundreds of copies of OS X legally, from retailers like Amazon and Apple itself. We're probably one of Apple's biggest customers. Then we install these copies of OS X, along with kernel extensions that we wrote in-house, on computers that we buy and build. Then we resell the package to people like you. That's it.

The court date is set for just a few months from now, when, assuming Psystar stays serious about this, we might actually get a decent show. [Psystar via OS News—Thanks, Rob!]