Apple/Psystar to have Confidentiality Agreement

Last July, Apple brought a lawsuit against Psystar for violating its End User License Agreement and distributing Apple software on non-Apple hardware. Despite being locked in legal turmoil for the foreseeable future, both companies have agreed to keep trade secrets within courtroom documents and away from prying eyes.

According to Ars Technica, the two companies have come together in an 18 page document, which outlines how Apple and Psystar can approach and review software, code within software, and a myriad of other sensitive information. When it comes to "confidential" information, lawyers are fair game, but only two non-legal employees can be privy to the information in question. As for things marked "Attorney's Eyes Only", only the official council for each company can view the documents.

Reviewing code is an even bigger security concern. When code is reviewed during the case, it can only be done on a computer that has no connection to the Internet. Also, if code ever has to be printed out, all such documents must immediately be classified "confidential."

The rest of the agreement seems straightforward. Any confidential information given from one company to the other must be returned at the end of the trial, and all copies must be destroyed. Also, if any documents that need to be made public contain confidential information, such info needs to be redacted.

While the agreement should make the trial move along more smoothly, we shouldn't expect any sort of verdict anytime soon. The trial itself will not be starting until November, and these sorts of things tend to drag out unless a financial settlement is reached. In the end, it would be nice to see Apple software licensed to vendors again. The practice stopped when Steve Jobs came back to Apple in 1997, but seeing OS X Snow Leopard on non-Apple hardware could be very interesting while opening up some market share for the operating system. Isn't it time for Apple to "Think Different(ly)"?

Would you run OS X on your PC if Apple made OS X available to all platforms and not just Macs?

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  • harveywuk
    I already run it on my mac and my gaming rig.
  • Anonymous
    I see no reason for Apple to license its OS. If you like it, buy it, otherwise don't. The reason is if Apple license its OS to other HW folks, we'll end up with MS Windows problems--a vendor creating an OS for a HW platform it can't control. That's the primary reason for Windows problems. MS-DOS/Windows is the first time the OS and HW were not made by the same computer company. Look at the problems. Apple is correct in making its own HW and its own OS to fit "that" HW. That is Apple's strength. This is the scenario I think Apple is trying to avoid--much to their business model: Oh, I see you are running Mac OS X on HW brand X. Yea, but I'm having issues. Oh, yea, I don't want to buy Mac OS X because I hear you have issues with it. --Well, that isn't Apple's fault and yet Mac OS X get's tarnished because it doesn't work properly on non-Apple controlled HW. That affects the perception of Apple's product. Apple is in business to make money and "appear good". Having other folks use their OS on non-Apple HW could damage Apple's reputation. All folks want is a cheaper box to run Mac OS X on--that's the whole point of licensing, right? I'd like $100 Apple Mac too. But that fact remains that Apple is a for-profit business and I don't see why they can't make their product the way they want. If folks push too hard, Apple COULD simply make Mac OS X only available on new computers--then downloadable via Software Update for a fee. That would prevent the "loose" sales of Mac OS X only and prevent the idea that it is available separate from the HW and hence licensable. That only hurts everyone. OK, enough rambling. I think Apple is completely legit to control their products...that is HW/OS are "one" product in my opinion since they are "intended" to be together. Thanx!
  • tinnerdxp
    I disagree with Kijug... The only reason why Apple is so strict about the hardware software link is because of the money... Apple OS X is where it is because of Apple's vision about the perfect operating system. Hardware doesbn't have anything to do with it... especially that it uses the same basis as any other OS these days... The only "differences" between Apple's hardware and any other hardware are: "design", "price" and "up-to-date-ism" of the components used. Apple's is buying cheap crap, wraps it up in a aluminium / glass body, adds own flavour of Unix to it and sells it for 200-300% of the price... I personally dodn't like OS X - it's too "idiot-oriented", strict and "closed" in the way it interacts with users... (that's my opinion). If Apple would really care about their customers then they would allow people run os x on their PCs... then you could go to any shop and buy a graphics card that you want and find a CD in it with drivers for Mac OS X... "You could make a decision yourself" rather than relying on apple's marketing dep. that 5400rpm is REALLY fast... and the CPUs they use are the best ever made... It is quite pathetic how people considering themselves as "IT Professionals" are literally repeating the slogans from without any understanding... Well... I pressume the gossips about MacBook Wheel are not so sci-fi after all...