A federal judge rules in Apple’s favor in the Psystar copyright infringement case
Nearly a year and a half after a Miami company called Psystar announced that it was selling “Open Computers” pre-installed with Apple’s (AAPL) Mac OS X Leopard — and 17 months after Apple sued Psystar for copyright infringement — the case has come to its all-but-foregone conclusion: a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Friday in Apple’s favor.
District Judge William Alsup agreed. At the end of a long preamble, he wrote:
And so it went for Apple’s secondary claims of contributory infringement and copyright misuse. Psystar’s motions, meanwhile, were all denied. A hearing to determine remedies is set for Dec. 14.
Apple has several other outstanding claims, including breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition. They could still go to trial, if Psystar has the stomach — and the funds — to persevere.
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