Answer by Zbob750 · Feb 25, 2013 at 06:43 PM
It is a violation of the Apple's EULA (End User License Agreement). It is not criminally illegal, however they can sue you if they so desire for misusing their software. This would be a civil suit and they would have to convince a jury, or a judge, that you did something wrong via a preponderance of the evidence.
They have never sued an individual for this but if you start putting their software onto non-licensed hardware and selling it, they can and will take legal action against you to shut you down (See Psystar as an example).
Answer by Harold · Feb 25, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Read Are Hackintosh Computers Legal? and The Ethics Behind the Hackintosh Computer (And Other Things), two articles published on LockerGnome.com last year, and both approaching different sides of the issue.
Answer by swagmanT · Feb 26, 2013 at 02:35 AM
It's as illegal as Jailbreaking. Jailbreaking should, technically be illegal since it violates Apple's EULA, but the DMCA made an exception for jailbreaking phones that went into action October 28, 2012. Hackintoshing is the same way, as it violates the EULA, but since there is currently no execption for Hackintoshes, It is technically illegal. But, as stated by previous users, Apple has never sued an individual over this. Basically saying, Its not illegal unless Apple decides to take action. Hope this helped. :)
Answer by ClosetFuturist · Feb 25, 2013 at 07:29 PM
It's contractual. In order to install the software you have to accept the license agreement. It is essentially a breach of contract and therefor illegal. If you install it on anything other than a certified Mac computer, you have entered into an agreement that you had no intention of keeping. There are many reasons why they might not go after an end user but it's still risky.
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