We all knew it was going to happen. It could not end any other way. Yet some seemed to have a perverse need to watch every small detail as it unfolded against Psystar, the company born without a leg to legally stand upon.

Adrian Kinsley-Hughes, from ZDNet, has followed the case at every step, and reports the possible epitaph today –

It’s now officially the end of the line for Florida-based Mac-clone maker Psystar as the court slaps a permanent injunction on the company, prohibiting it from selling PCs with Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard installed.

U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup has given Psystar has until midnight, December 31, 2009 to comply with the injunction, and made it clear that the “defendant must immediately begin this process, and take the quickest path to compliance.”

This is all pretty much irrelevant as Psystar has already pulled from sale all Mac clone systems.

However, Psystar continues to sell an application called Rebel EFI, a $50 utility that allows customers to install Mac OS X onto their own PCs. But this application hasn’t been missed by Judge Alsup, who had the following to say:

“Whether Rebel EFI violates the terms of the injunction set forth in this order is a factual issue more appropriate for a contempt action … this order declines to ‘bless’ a product about which it knows little of substance … and Psystar – if it continues to do so – sells Rebel EFI at its peril.”

Alsup goes on too say:

“What is certain, however, is that until such a motion is brought, Psystar will be selling Rebel EFI at its peril, and risks finding itself held in contempt if its new venture falls within the scope of the injunction.”

That’s it. It’s been an interesting legal wrangle but it’s ended pretty much as expected.

I suppose if I were Jewish, I could say that Psystar had a lot of chutzpah…but then I’m sure my Jewish friends would tell me that there is a distinct difference between chutzpah and clear stupidity.

I wonder, as I have all along with this story, who financed this effort. I would have loved to be in that room as the discussion went along, detailing how something that to a five year old was going to be judged illegal would ever have a successful conclusion.


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