Mac clone violates more than Apple's licence
Posted on 16 Apr 2008 at 12:59, by Simon Aughton
It is not only Apple's software licence that Mac clone maker Psystar is violating with its new Leopard-running Open Computers.
In order to lever OS X onto its PC hardware, the company employs PC EFI, a third-party software patch that enables non-Apple hardware to run the Mac OS. But it is doing so in breach of the PC EFI licence, according to its author, Netkas.
"That guys said they sell computers with efi v8 emulator," Netkas wrote on his blog. "They forgot to mention author of emulator, so it's looks like they made efi v8. So, this is violation of my authorship rights on pc efi v8."
According to the licence, "Redistribution and use in binary form for direct or indirect commercial purposes, with or without modification, is stricktly [sic] forbidden."
Psystar has declined to comment further on the foofaraw surrounding the launch of its $399 Open Computer and is proving difficult to track down, though it does seem to have had time to move offices this week.
Apple has yet to make its move.
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