Psystar Attorney Beats Around Antitrust Bush
It seems Psystar isn’t going down with out a fight — and anyone who thought this would be an open and shut copyright infringement suit may have to rethink things.
According to a report in Computer World, lawyers hired by Psystar have said the case has been “mischaracterized” and is not just about the copyright or trademark infringements on behalf of Apple. Apparently, on top of everything else there could be an antitrust suit too.
"There are a lot more complicated issues than just copyright or trademark. There are more complex issues [than those] in respect to the end-user licensing agreement. And antitrust issues come into play, too."
A copyright/trademark suit would have been interesting enough. We’ve seen Psystar jump in at the deep end and take on one of the biggest, most innovative companies around. Many of us wondered how long it would be before Apple decided to step in and put a stop to Psystar’s Open Computer gig. What we didn’t expect was for Psystar to hit the ground running and hit back with some antitrust allegations.
When Computer World asked Psystar attorney, Colby Springer, to elaborate on his comments he remained vague and merely invited people to check out the website for Apple’s lead lawyer. It seems James Gilliland Jr. is quite well versed in anti-trust cases and was even on the team that forced Microsoft to cough up $1.1 billion in an antitrust suit five years ago. After taking a look at the site, Springer’s, “Apple knows where this is going,” doesn’t seem so cryptic.
The question now is whether Psystar can convince the powers that be that the company is just trying to give customers more options. Apple has always had an air of exclusiveness following it around and so, a lot of people think this might actually work.
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