No surprise here: Apple just sued Psystar, makers of bargain-basement Mac clones. The lawsuit’s charges are predictable: violation of Apple’s shrink wrap license and trademark / copyright infringement.
The timing of the lawsuit’s interesting: it appears that Apple was waiting for Psystar to distribute a hacked version of Apple’s own 10.5.2 update to their customers.
That Psystar will be punched so hard by Apple’s lawyers that Psystar’s whole family will die is certain. But you have to wonder what Psystar’s game plan is. Surely they saw this coming. Surely they were planning on being sued. So what was the overarching scheme?
I imagine a dummy corporation daring Apple to sue them in order to challenge software copyright law in a massively public, high-profile show case. A secret reserve of crackerjack copyright attorneys, waiting to be turned loose from the belly of Psystar’s Trojan Horse. But that’s just far too exciting to be true. The answer will probably be far less interesting: indiscriminate “wokka wokka” style corporate buffoonery.
Apple finally sues Psystar [Ars Technica]