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Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar

From: Thufir Hawat
Subject: Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 19:47:59 GMT
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On Tue, 24 Feb 2009 13:35:17 +0000, Alan Mackenzie wrote:

>>>> They sell a comprehensive solution that is dependent on their
>>>> hardware, just like Actiontec sells a router as a comprehensive
>>>> functional device.
>>> No, actually, OS/X isn't dependent on Apple's hardware.  It will run
>>> happily on a Psystar box.
>> But not legitimately, I understand.
> That's under contention in an American court at the moment.  Should it
> be legitimate for a software manufacturer to dictate what sort of
> hardware his software package may be run on?  I don't think it should
> be.

Isn't there a ROM chip which validates the hardware to the OS, else the 
OS won't _____ (?install?).  Psystar reverse engineered that chip?


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