Apple, Psystar agree to resolution talks

Apple, Psystar agree to resolution talks

Summary: Apple and Psystar, the companies who have sued and countersued each other over Psystar's Mac clone computers, have agreed to an "Alternative Dispute Resolution," according to The Mac Observer blog.It's unclear which side - or maybe even the judge - asked for the ADR process but the idea is that the two sides might be able to meet and work out a resolution in lieu of going to trial.

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Apple and Psystar, the companies who have sued and countersued each other over Psystar's Mac clone computers, have agreed to an "Alternative Dispute Resolution," according to The Mac Observer blog.

It's unclear which side - or maybe even the judge - asked for the ADR process but the idea is that the two sides might be able to meet and work out a resolution in lieu of going to trial. The process could take several months.

In July, Apple filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Miami-based Psystar for selling Mac clone computers that use the Leopard operating system. The next month, Psystar countersued, alleging anticompetitive business practice for trying the operating system to machines built only by Apple.

Previous coverage: Does Psystar have a legit argument in Apple countersuit?

Topics: CXO, Apple, Hardware

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  • Translation

    Psystar approaches Apple and basically says: You can have all our
    money and we'll shut down our business, but please don't send us
    to jail.
    frgough
    • Translation

      Apple's lawyers said "We might have a problem here." to Steve Jobs.

      Remember, lawsuits are risky when you're on the receiving end. Especially when your opponent has next to nothing to lose compared to you!
      wolf_z
      • It could be any of a number of possibilities....

        Paystar probably does not have near the resources Apple
        has to fight a legal battle. Remember all the money issues
        SCO kept running into with it's lawyers? I think SCO was
        bigger than Paystar and had some "OTHER" finacial support
        outside of it's own balance sheets to run and still they were
        in money problems with their suit.

        It might be that Apple would rather not fight. It's a
        possibility however Apple has in its long history not shown
        that to be part of its nature. Still it's possible I guess.

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
  • P-pod MP3 player

    I heard Psystar will be coming out with a MP3 player called the P-pod. Okay, Okay, so I didn?t hear it. I made it up but still it sounds good.
    duclod
    • That would really P@#$ off Apple....:)

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
  • RE: Apple, Psystar agree to resolution talks

    It could also mean that
    1) Psystar has more resources than folks think.
    2) A judge somewhere told Apple they have no other alternative, since a legal challenge will do nothing but show Apple to the world as nothing but a little kid wanting to take their ball back cause they don't want to play by the rules of the rest of the PC world.
    3) The inevitable is about to happen, and Apple plans to release OS X as a generic OS, but only on their terms, hence, the non-court talks.

    Donald L McDaniel
    zarathustra2010