updated 03:40 pm EDT, Wed May 20, 2009
RussianMac ships clones
A Russian company, RussianMac, has begun shipping a wide range of Mac clones that come with OS X pre-installed. Despite the ongoing legal battle between Apple and clone-maker Psystar, RussianMac claims it does not violate the Mac OS X end-user license agreement. Along with drawing a unique interpretation of Apple's terms, the Russian company could be confident that it will avoid legal action as long as its business does not leave the country.
RussianMac offers a wide range of clones, including the MiniBook netbook, multimedia and home theater servers, a standard model with specs close to an iMac, the Pro edition, the compact Mini and the 15-inch Book notebook.
Psystar and a German clone-maker, HyperMegaNet, have carefully avoided using Apple's trademarks. RussianMac, however, faces potential action simply for its company title and product names.
HyperMegaNet has been selling the PearC line of clones since the beginning of the year. The company is reportedly not afraid of going to court with Apple, as German law prohibits companies from imposing restrictions after a product has been sold.
It is unknown if Apple has any plans to pursue the international clone-makers, although the domestic suit against Psystar continues to develop. Soon after Apple submitted the initial filing for violation of the EULA, Psystar countersued with allegations of antitrust practices and copyright misuse. The court rejected the antitrust claims, although the copyright misuse arguments will likely be heard in court if the parties do not come to a settlement. [via OSNews]