After twice failing to meet a deadline to formally respond to Apple’s charge that its Open
MacComputer Mac clones violate Apple copyrights, Psystar has finally answered Apple’s July 3 lawsuit–with one of its own. On Tuesday the company filed paperwork for a countersuit that accuses Apple (AAPL) of tying its OS to its hardware in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Clayton Antitrust Act. “We’re alleging restraint of trade, among other things,” said Colby Springer, one of three attorneys representing Psystar. “We’re going to let the court decide.”
A curious strategy for a company that has been selling desktop computers running Mac OS X in clear violation of Apple’s software license agreement–desktop computers Apple claims are so lousy they’re damaging the Apple brand. Interesting, though. Because if Psystar wins the suit it would certainly set an interesting precedent.
Not that it’s likely, given the acumen and prowess of Apple legal. They’re like Pacino’s John Milton in The Devil’s Advocate–the whole team of them.