Psystar Claims Apple Does Has Invalid Mac OS X Copyright

December 23rd, 2008 at 12:00 am

The latest in the Apple versus Psystar legal squabble is truly unconventional and boggles the mind. Psystar in its quest to stop Apple from being the exclusive hardware maker for the Mac OS X is now claiming that Apple has invalid US rights to the operating system.

In its new submission, the Florida-based PC builder argues that Apple’s complaint should be tossed outright as Apple didn’t use proper procedures to register the copyright for Mac OS X. Without that copyright, the Mac maker is "prohibited from bringing action" against Psystar for DMCA violation claims and other copyright-related allegations.

Whether the new claim of invalid copyright can be sustained isn’t yet clear. However, initial searches for copyrights through the US Copyright Office reveal that Apple does own at least a disc and manual copyright for Mac OS X Leopard published on October 26th, 2007 — the day the software became available to the public.

As absurd as it sounds, it may be possible that Apple’s copyright to the OS X is indeed invalid. In this move, Psystar is turning out to be the bad guy by using dirty tactics to win their case.

However if that’s how the law works and Apple did not indeed have the US rights to OS X, Psystar could win this case. Still, Apple is working to counter this claim. Although there have been no angles of attack from the Cupertino based computer maker.