Apple clone maker Psystar is to countersue Apple in its ongoing battle to sell Mac compatible computers.
Psystar has had a colorful history, starting with a promise to ship cheap PC’s with Leopard installed despite having little to no history nor presence, through to actually shipping the goods and (as many would have expected) eventually being sued by Apple for copyright infringement.
Psystar may be going for hero status, with a counter claim alleging that Apple’s practices are anti-competitive. From CNet:
Miami-based Psystar, owned by Rudy Pedraza, will sue Apple under two federal laws designed to discourage monopolies and cartels, the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Clayton Antitrust Act, saying Apple’s tying of the Mac OS to Apple-labeled hardware is “an anticompetitive restrain of trade,” according to attorney Colby Springer of antitrust specialists Carr Ferrell. Psystar is requesting that the court find Apple’s EULA void, and is asking for unspecified damages.
If I was taking bets, Apple would be a short priced favorite to win, but many will at least morally support Psystar, even Apple fans, in its attempts to bring competition to the OS X market.