Another Mac Clone Appears, This Time in Germany

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While the Apple/Psystar lawsuit drags on, another company has started selling Mac clones. PearC, a subsidiary of the German company Hypermeganet, is offering custom-built, Intel-based computers that run OS X. The company believes that its European location will protect it.

According to a Google translation of PearC's FAQ, the company is "convinced that our product is legal in Germany." Their reasons are explained in another Google translation, this time of a Der Spiegel article. According to PearC, since Apple packages its OS X EULA inside the box, making it impossible to know the restrictions before you buy the operating system, it is invalid according to German law.

In a Gizmodo post, John Mahoney thinks the loophole might actually work. "As evidenced by Apple's legal troubles in Europe, our friends across the Atlantic don't see the whole 'antitrust' and 'license agreement' thing like [we do]. Thus, PearC: the Hackintosh cloner that just might survive." Mahoney notes that PearC will only sell its clones to people living in Europe.

A post on The Unofficial Apple Weblog served as a source for this story.

This story, "Another Mac Clone Appears, This Time in Germany" was originally published by thestandard.com.

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