Psystar loses Hackintosh case against Apple

Over the past few years, Psystar has quickly made a name for itself. The company's OpenMac product meant that would-be Apple customers could get their OS X fix from elsewhere. The US Court of Appeals has ruled, however, that the product violates Mac OS X copyrights and will not be allowed to be sold.

Apple's struggle against Psystar dates back to 2008, when the manufacturer came onto the scene in April of that year. It didn't take long for Apple to respond, and in July the company took Psystar to court for copyright violation, as well as breaking the infamous Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

In December 2009, the courts ruled in Apple's favour and granted them a permanent injunction against Psystar. The court's reasoning was that Psystar "violated Apple's exclusive reproduction right, distribution right, and right to create derivative works."

According to CNET, this recent ruling is the result of Psystar's efforts to overturn the previous ruling through the Appeals Court. Mary Schroeder, the circuit judge, decided to uphold the previous court's decision and maintain the permanent injunction. What this means for Hackintosh enthusiasts in general remains to be seen, but Psystar's court case has at the very least set the precedent for any future cases against other Hackintosh distributors.

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