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Apple Signs Peace Agreement With Clone Maker Psystar

In a move to avoid the costly legal process, both Apple and Psystar have agreed to engage in a mediated settlement of their ongoing dispute over Psystar’s open computers that are shipped with preinstalled Mac OS X.

By involving themselves in an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process, the companies have agreed to engage in a non binding arbitration where the results of the negotiations can remain secret.

The Apple-Psystar dispute originated earlier this year when Apple sued Psystar over its move to sell Open Computers with Mac OS X preinstalled and Psystar in return sued Apple on antitrust grounds.

The move to involve in the ADR process can have mixed benefits for Apple; on one hand it can gain from avoiding any antitrust claims of Psystar which may have a chance of affecting it’s on going antitrust cases related to iTunes and iPhone while on the other hand even if it manages to stop Psystar from selling computers with Mac OS X, it will not be able to publicise the decision and prevent others companies with similar ideas.

Désiré Athow
Contributor

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.