The Macintosh community was abuzz today over Apple’s legal action against the French Mac site MacBidouille. The company issued a cease and desist order, demanding that the site remove video of OS X running on generic PC hardware.
While the MacBidouille action has received great attention, what is less well known is that Apple also sent a cease and desist order to 9-year-old Ricky Beehler, a resident of Kensington, Maryland. According to Beehler’s attorney, Apple is seeking a legal injunction on Howard to get him to stop holding OS X so close to a PC and taunting the company.
Sources indicate that Beehler has been holding an unopened box of Tiger install DVDs up to his Dell Dimension and saying “I’m not installing it! Is this bugging you? I’m not installing it!”
Beehler is reportedly also doing a little dance.
“Our concern is really for Ricky,” said Apple General Counsel Nancy Heinen. “There’s a chance that Ricky could have a sub-standard OS X user experience on generic PC hardware, which may make him burst into tears like a little girl. Which the other kids would make fun of which would probably just make him cry harder.”
Heinen did also admit that Beehler’s actions were bugging the company. Beehler’s parents indicated that the 9-year-old can indeed be quite annoying but indicated Apple’s legal action has little hope of success.
Despite its stated concern for Beehler, Apple declined to seek an injunction against him later in the day when he was seen running with scissors. Although the company did file an amicus brief with the Montgomery County Court stating its position that “these games end in tears.”
In an unrelated incident, Apple also sent a cease and desist order to another French web site, MacBidet, demanding that it remove videos of women “freshening” themselves over Macs.