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Mac Cloner Psystar Begs Judge for Legitimacy

Macworld reports that Psystar is currently pleading with U.S. District Court Judge William Hoeveler to rule that its business is legitimate despite what Apple claims. More specifically, the company wants the judge to say that it is legally allowed to sell machines with Apple's new Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) pre-installed, and to force Apple from saying anything different.

The battle between Apple and Psystar has been ongoing for over a year, with the latest legal exchange taking root two months ago when Psystar sued Apple over Snow Leopard's "illegal ties" to the Mac hardware. Psystar's current plea--or rather its amended complaint--says that Apple's copyright infringement case being heard in a California court is hurting its business.

"[Apple’s] violations of the federal antitrust acts have damaged and will damage Psystar in its business and property because they deny Psystar business that otherwise would go to Psystar by creating doubt about the legality of Psystar computers running Mac OS X Snow Leopard," the company’s lawyer’s contended. "The items of damage to Psystar include damage to Psystar’s business reputation and to the reputation of its products and sales lost that could have been made absent Apple’s attempts to restrict Mac OS X Snow Leopard to Macintoshes."

Macworld also reports that Apple may be planning to block some Intel-based PCs from running Snow Leopard. One developer has even claimed that Mac OS X 10.6.2, the next scheduled update for Snow Leopard, will keep the OS from running on Intel's Atom processor.