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Cupertino (CA) - Computer company Psystar is now in the middle of what could be a breakthrough legal battle against Apple over its end-user license agreement and whether or not it is breaking antitrust laws.

Psystar made headlines recently when it announced the "OpenMac" computer, a sub-$400 device with Mac OS X under the hood. It carries the same kind of platform that a $2,000 Mac Pro has.

The main difference, though, is that the OpenMac is constructed as a typical PC tower instead of Apple's sleek and slim form factor. Regardless, the thought of a $399 Mac computer with a 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Intel GMA 950 graphics, and a 250 GB hard drive was appealing to many.

As might be expected, it didn't get too far before Apple came in waving its strong legal arm. It accused Psystar of violating its end user license agreement (EULA), which prevents people from selling the Mac operating system on a computer without its consent.

It appears as though Psystar was expecting this, however, because it came right back by claiming the terms of the EULA are in violation of US antitrust regulations. According to allegations by the company, Apple has a markup rate on its computers of 80%, because no one else is allowed to sell devices with Mac OS X.

Apple has face criticism from consumer and business advocates for a long time with its closed-access mentality. Users are locked into very specific service terms if they want an iPhone, it forces content providers to charge a specific price if they want access to the huge iTunes audience, and of course Mac computers have always come from only one manufacturer - Apple.

Apple does not comment on pending litigation.

Update: Psystar has begun selling the OpenMac again today, despite the legal action from Apple. According to a spokesperson in an interview with Computerworld, the company "had been clarifying things all morning ... So at the moment, we just have no comment."
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I would buy that 3rd party PC-Mac. As that sounds like a more reasonable price.
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This just goes to show how overpriced Macs are.
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This just goes to show how overpriced Macs are.
You do realize that it only comes with the OS. It doesn't come with any of the software that comes with a mac, and example is iLife.

Also you don't get a warranty or anything from Apple. For some reason OCN bash Apples warranty and tech support but I find it great. Earlier today my brothers HDD died on him and he took it to the Apple store. Right now they are going to give him a replacement HDD and try to recover the data from the dead HDD.
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I hope Mac loses this lawsuit. Would be nice to see decent priced Macs. However, before the suit gets settled Mac will find a way to disable this (Just like the iPhone hack which was disabled shortly after discovered). Fricking Nazi's! Zou well do tings our way.
    
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I hope Mac loses this lawsuit. Would be nice to see decent priced Macs. However, before the suit gets settled Mac will find a way to disable this (Just like the iPhone hack which was disabled shortly after discovered). Fricking Nazi's! Zou well do tings our way.
Stop abusing the word nazi when you aren't even using it right. Apple is suing them as this can hurt there sales.

This is the real world, they need money, when people take money, they will retaliate (simple terms right there)
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Stop abusing the word nazi when you aren't even using it right. Apple is suing them as this can hurt there sales.

This is the real world, they need money, when people take money, they will retaliate (simple terms right there)
Yeah but, they believe that their sleek, sophisticated, ect. computers are the master computing race and must look a certain way without anyone interfering. Seems pritty nazi-ish to me, especially when all they have to sue under is an EULA.
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Well so Apple doesn't want any competition? Isn't that being a bit monopolistic? Only their Hardware can run their OS? No one else can compete for sales? Apple would tank very hard if they had to fairly price their hardware.
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i for one hope psyren wins. competition is great because it lowers prices
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