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There Can Be Only One!!!1one

November 15, 2009

In a lamentable victory for Steve Jobs’ historic strategy of controlling Apple users’ experience with a closed iron fist, Apple has landed yet another blow in its attacks on the clones.  Apple has successfully used the outmoded Copyright laws to control its market by suing “violators” like Psystar, even though the only thing that Psystar (and any other Apple clone company for that matter) would do with Apple’s intellectual property is pre-install Mac OS X for the eventual purchasers of the hardware.

District Judge William Alsup agreed that “Psystar has violated Apple’s exclusive reproduction right, distribution right, and right to create derivative works.”

Of course, the users themselves would be able to install Mac OS X for themselves on any hardware they want, but somehow this is besides the point according to the strictures of the Copyright law.  This logic is like saying that you shouldn’t be allowed to sell a pre-loaded iPod, even if you sold it with all of the CDs containing the music.  It’s just silly.  Apple argues that it promotes the uniformity of user experience, which is a good thing.  Does that make sense to you?

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