In a surprise court ruling, Psystar a clone Mac maker, has won a court ruling in which it may be able to continue building computers with the Mac OS. In the ruling the judge stated that if Psystar could prove their allegations against Apple, they may be able to continue make the clones. This could potentially oprn the market to other clones of the popular Apple systems.

In an article it also states that:

On Friday, Alsup said that Psystar could continue to press its once-dismissed case. “Psystar may well have a legitimate interest in establishing misuse [of copyright] independent of Apple’s claims against it — for example, to clarify the risks it confronts by marketing the products at issue in this case or others it may wish to develop,” Alsup said in his ruling.

Alsup also said that if Psystar proves that Apple abused copyright laws, some of Apple’s charges against the company would be moot. He also seemed to say that that others would then be free to follow in Psystar’s footsteps. “Moreover, if established, misuse would bar enforcement (for the period of misuse) not only as to defendants who are actually party to the challenged license but also as to potential defendants not themselves injured by the misuse who may have similar interests,” said Alsup in his ruling.

Alsup also acknowledged Apple’s argument that it had the right to decide how its software was licensed and used, but said that that would have to be decided as the case plays out. He did reject Psystar’s attempt to include state unfair competition charges to its countersuit, however.

It should be very interesting to see how this all plays out. There is a slight possibility that cheaper systems with the Apple OS may be coming our way.

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