Question: What would you call Microsoft if they only allowed their operating systems to be installed on Microsoft branded hardware and made that hardware/software available only from Microsoft branded stores.
In a move that surprised no one, Apple is suing Psystar for violating its copyright. Psystar began selling ‘white box’ hardware with Apple’s OS X pre loaded earlier this year. Apple alleges that Psystar is selling a modified version of its OS X, providing unauthorized patches, misappropriating Apple’s ‘proprietary’ software, and selling (in their words) “…a poor product that is advertised and promoted in a manner that falsely and unfairly implies an affiliation with Apple.”
This to me is absurd. How has Apple gotten away with this for so long? Allowing the installation their OS only on their hardware, available only from their stores, at a price they see fit to charge. Let’s try this analogy; You purchase a phone that I sell my my store. But in order to use it you have to purchase a service plan that I control. Hey lets go one step further… You have to purchase that service plan from a single carrier that only I specify. And just for giggles, I am going to throw in a two year contract. Let’s call it the mPhone :)
Let us hope that Psystar wins this battle and Apple is forced to allow the sale of its operating systems on third party equipment, thus forcing them to fairly complete in a free market across hardware platforms from independent third parties, just like everyone else!
I grabbed a screen shot just in case they lose, see it here.
John "Mike" Wright