Psystar to Pay Apple $2.7 Million in Settlement
Psystar has agreed to pay Apple $2.7 million in a partial settlement of an ongoing copyright case.
It's a sad day for Mac clone maker Psystar. A quick visit to the the company's website shows all Mac clones as "out of stock" and according to a company attorney, they won't be back anytime soon. Computerworld cites a Psystar lawyer as saying the company will no longer be selling OS X machines. The decision is just one part of a settlement with Apple; Psystar will also pay the Cupertino-based company $2.7 million in damages.
However, it's not over yet. After a year and a half of fighting, Psystar isn't going to give up until it has exhausted all possible channels. The terms of the partial agreement state that Psystar doesn't have to pay Apple a penny until "any and all appeals in this matter are concluded or the time for filing any such appeal has lapsed."
"We've agreed that Apple will not collect these damages until all appeals have been heard," CW quoted Psystar's chief attorney, K.A.D. Camera of the Houston firm Camera & Sibley LLP. "Until then, we have no liability."
Other terms include Apple's withdrawals of its remaining six claims (including trademark infringement and unfair business practice violations), however, Apple retains the right to reintroduce these claims at a later date.
Next, Psystar plans to take the case up with the Ninth Circuit. The company also plans to continue with the pending lawsuit that accuses Apple of breaking several antitrust laws by tying Mac OS X 10 to Apple-branded hardware only.
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