Psystar Suffers Setback With Apple Antitrust Suit

From DailyTech: Clone maker Psystar launched with the intention of making OS X computers for several hundred dollars cheaper than Apple's own offerings. It seemed a win-win for both companies -- Psystar would be selling machines, and Apple would see increased software sales. Furthermore, Psystar's $399 machines targeted different market sectors than Apple's as they were aimed at the bargain market, while Apple's Mini line of desktops were aimed at those seeking a small form factor.

However, Apple quickly showed that just because it's a new century doesn't mean it's turned over a new leaf when it comes to clones. Apple filed suit against Psystar over a host of supposed minor violations of the OS X license, making one thing clear -- it intended to put the company out of business.

Now, in new documents it has been revealed that Judge William Alsup of the U.S. Federal Court for the Northern District of California has rejected Psystar's argument. Psystar can try to amend its argument to convince the Judge that it has come to a valid argument, but it only has 20 days left before the case is dismissed.

Judge Alsup ruled that the antitrust argument was invalid because OS X had competitors on the market. He states, "The to allege facts plausibly supporting the counterintuitive claim that Apple's operating system is so unique that it suffers no actual or potential competitors."

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