Groklaw has unearthed a real gem. PJ’s skill at dismantling the “open source freedom fighter” myth that has grown around the very few Psystar supporters is superb. Normally I would like to add my own comments, but she covers it so well that all I can do is give my utmost respect. I highly encourage the readers to go to the link to read her entire piece, but I just have to reproduce the Grand Finale here so that you can know what a treat you are in for. The entire quote from Groklaw is in italics, PJ’s comments are in bold.

What about trademarks? Psystar keeps those all for itself, revealing themselves as lovers of IP rights in all their forms, so long as Psystar is the beneficiary:

10. Trademarks. This License does not grant any rights to use the trademarks or trade names “Psystar”, “Psystar Corporation”, “Open Computer”, “OpenPro”, “Open Computing”, “OpenServ” or any other trademarks, service marks, logos or trade names belonging to Psystar (collectively “Psystar Marks”) or to any trademark, service mark, logo or trade name belonging to any Contributor. You agree not to use any Psystar Marks in or as part of the name of products derived from the Original Code or to endorse or promote products derived from the Original Code other than as expressly permitted by and in strict compliance at all times with Psystar’s third party trademark usage guidelines which are posted at http://www.psystar.com/legal/guidelinesfor3rdparties.html.

So, let me get this straight. They can sell stuff using Apple’s trademarks, and yours, but woe betide us if we use Psystar’s? Anybody note an imbalance in the universe here? But I saved the best for last:

11. Ownership. Subject to the licenses granted under this License, each Contributor retains all rights, title and interest in and to any Modifications made by such Contributor. Psystar retains all rights, title and interest in and to the Original Code and any Modifications made by or on behalf of Psystar (“Psystar Modifications”), and such Psystar Modifications will not be automatically subject to this License. Psystar may, at its sole discretion, choose to license such Psystar Modifications under this License, or on different terms from those contained in this License or may choose not to license them at all….

Well, well. You gave them rights, but when it’s their turn, it’s maybe they will, and maybe they won’t. They might not license their stuff at all? And *Apple* is a meanie because it has license terms? Puh lease.

And one last cherry on top, Exhibit A, includes this term:

This file contains Original Code and/or Modifications of Original Code as defined in and that are subject to the Psystar Public License Version 1.0 (the ‘License’). You may not use this file except in compliance with the License. Please obtain a copy of the License at http://www.psystar.com/opensource/ppl/ and read it before using this file.

You have to comply with Psystar’s license or you can’t use the code, even if you didn’t say I agree? Well, I declare.

Psystar is promoting Open Source “in every way possible?” That’s what they told us [Google the license by name], before they revamped their web site.

And Psystar is fighting to prove EULAs are from the devil?

I think not, m’lords.

That flushing sound you hear is any last remaining vestige of Psystar’s credibility going down the toilet, at least in this writer’s personal opinion. Actually, after reviewing the actual license myself as well, I do have some comments. Notice this little requirement:

13.6 Dispute Resolution. Any litigation or other dispute resolution between You and Psystar relating to this License shall take place in the Northern District of California, and You and Psystar hereby consent to the personal jurisdiction of, and venue in, the state and federal courts within that District with respect to this License. The application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is expressly excluded.

So this Champion of the Underdog, whose principal place of business is in Florida, and whose customers can be anywhere, will require all dispute resolution to take place clear across the country? I think perhaps they might want to amend that seeing how things aren’t going so well for them in the Northern District at this time.

Attribution Note: Groklaw’s contents authored by PJ are free to be quoted under a Creative Commons license.