Psystar hires new counsel for ongoing Apple dispute
By Philip Michaels, Macworld
Psystar, which had trouble paying its last legal team, has lined up new representation in its ongoing dispute with Apple. The Mac clonemaker announced that Camara & Sibley, a Houston-based law firm, will represent it in the legal battle stemming from Psystar’s move to sell PCs with Mac OS X pre-installed.
“Apple’s copyright on OS X doesn’t give Apple the right to tell people what they can do with it after they buy a copy,” Psystar wrote when announcing its new legal team. “Apple can’t tell an applications developer that it can’t make a piece of Mac-compatible software. They can’t forbid Mac users from writing blogs critical of Apple. And they can’t tell us not to write kernel extensions that turn the computers we buy into Mac-compatible hardware.”
It’s likely that Camara & Sibley’s fees also appealed to Psystar. The law firm says it takes on most plaintiff litigation for a contingency fee, while “we handle most defense litigation and transactions not done on a success-fee basis for a flat fee or a series of flat fees.”
Psystar made one other announcement this week that may get under Apple’s skin. The clone maker is hosting a video ad contest, where it’s asking users to submit commercial to Psystar via YouTube. The theme for the ad contest? “I’m a Psystar.” Any resemblance to Apple’s ongoing “I’m a Mac/I’m a PC” campaign is, of course, purely coincidental.
Psystar says a new trial date in its dispute with Apple has been set for January 11, 2010.