Psystar closes up shop...or does it?

Florida company was ordered by a federal judge to stop selling Mac clones earlier this week, but there are conflicting reports as to whether the company has shut down permanently.

Psystar closing down
No longer allowed to sell its Mac clone hardware, Psystar is shutting down. James Martin/CNET

Last one out at Psystar, turn off the lights.

After being ordered by a federal judge on Tuesday to stop selling its Mac clones , Psystar was reported to be going out of business, according to a Dow Jones Newswires story on Thursday. Psystar's Web site was also inaccessible late this week.

Psystar attorney Eugene Action told Dow Jones that founder and President Rudy Pedraza will be "shutting things down immediately," and that all eight employees will be let go. However, Computerworld reported Friday that another attorney for Psystar, K.A.D. Camara, of the Houston, Texas, firm Camara & Sibley, says the company is not shutting down and that Action was "misquoted," and Psystar "does not intend to shut down permanently."

The Florida-based company was found to be infringing on Apple's copyrighted Mac OS software in a November ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup granted Apple's request for a permanent injunction against Psystar's sales of its Open Computer. In that ruling, the judge wrote: "Defendant must bring its conduct into compliance with the injunction by midnight on December 31, 2009, at the latest...Defendant must immediately begin this process, and take the quickest path to compliance; thus, if compliance can be achieved within one hour after this order is filed, defendant shall reasonably see it done."

This story was updated at 4:40 p.m. PST with information from the Computerworld report.

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Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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