A new Mac clone maker, this time in Russia, has opened up shop. RussianMac (translated) has started selling Mac Clones in six varieties online. The machines look like standard PC Clones much like PearPC in Germany, Psystar in Miami or OpeniMac in Argentina.
Perhaps most interestingly, they offer a "MiniBook" that bears a striking resemblance to an EeePC (below).
The situation in Russia could prove to be even more difficult for Apple. Russia has become increasingly more protective over its own market and companies, and a big American firm suing a small Russian company might not go down well with the courts in Russia. RussianMac does use several Apple product names though, so that could certainly be a problem for them.
As time progresses, it becomes more and more unlikely that Apple will be able to put a stop to this. The Psystar case is by no means a sure win for Apple, despite America’s fairly strict laws on the matter, and possible cases in Europe and Russia will only be tougher cases to crack for the Cupertino company.
Apple will have to individually sue each clone maker to put a stop to the practice, and with every country having different laws on copyright, IP, and consumer protection, this sure looks like "dweilen met de kraan open" voor Apple (‘mopping the floor while the tap’s still running’).
That is an awesome little saying. We need to learn how to pronounce that.
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