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Apple serves DMCA notice to OSx86

updated 09:30 am EST, Fri February 17, 2006

Apple serves DMCA notice

Apple is moving to prevent further discussion of running its Mac OS X operating system on generic Intel-based machines. Apple's legal team has notified OSx86 Project--a site dedicated to getting Mac OS X running on machines not non-Apple-branded machines--that it is in violation of the US DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act), forcing the site to close down its user forms and post notice. "We're sorry to report that despite our best efforts, the OSx86 Project has been served with a DMCA violation notice. The forum will be unavailable while we evaluate its contents to remove any violations present. We thank you for your patience in this matter." Apple has gone through extensive efforts to develop and install technology to prevent users from running Mac OS X on computers other than Macs; however, hackers have been able to successfully work around many of the security mechanisms in the operating system and recently posted instructions and discussion of how to alter Mac OS X 10.4.4 to run on generic Intel's. Earlier this week, the OSx86 wesite noted a secret poem from Apple that urged hackers not to work around Mac OS X security mechanisms.




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  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Idiots

    OSx86, why do you think you were shut down? For all intents and purposes, this poem was Apple's "trip wire", and you just stepped on it.

    Next time, don't be so giddy about your accomplishments...idiots.

  1. jhorvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This is to be expected

    This is to be expected. I myself wouldn't think Apple would just let them do what ever they want. There poem gives poetic warning not to mess with it. But some people never listen. Then brag about it on the internet is just plain dumb!

  1. aergern

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Get read to RUUUUMBLE!

    This is going to be an on going fight from now on. There are a lot of people who'd like to use OS X but won't/can't pay the premium cost for Apple branded hardware.. and that's all it is now.. branding. The insides are effectively a PeeCee. Not that I don't think Apple should be able to charge what they want.. I'll buy a new MacBook to replace my Powerbook when it's time.. but they shouldn't blow smoke up our a** and say it's "better" hardware. It's the same stuff.. the only difference is the software and support.

  1. apple4ever

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Stupid

    We really need to get rid of the DMCA. There shouldn't be a problem to do. Copyrights in this country are messed up. As long as the software is paid for, nobody should be prevented from using it how they want. This doesn't mean that the company has to support it, but it should be allowed.

    This is only a minor step any way. Soon a website will be hosted in another country, where Apple can't get to with stupid laws like the DMCA, and work will continue.

  1. jonbwfc1

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hrmph

    Patching an OS to allow it to be used outside it's normal licencing conditions is illegal and was illegal before the DCMA. All that the DCMA has done in this case is provide an 'offense' which is trivially easy to prove and therefore saved Apple's lawyers a couple of hours of argument. My comment is this : if you want to buy a copy of Tiger and tinker with it until it works on your PC, fine. The moment you put that information onto a public website, given the availability of pirate copies of the OS, you are doing Apple harm. Before, even if you pirated the OS you still ahd to buy a mac so apple were still, to some degree, compensated for their work. If you can get a pirate copy of Tiger and install it on any old PC, Apple aren't being compensated for their work. If you're telling someone how to do that, you're an accessory to the crime. the DCMA has nothing to do with it.

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Acceptable Actions

    While the practice of hacking, pirating, and cracking software exists regardless of platform, it should be no surprise that when such attempts are blatantly made public that the original owner of the software take action against the perpetrators.

    While comments on Digg and other forums indicate that people are "pissed" at the way that Apple is handling it, why would they expect different?

  1. ronjamin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    STUPID

    The issue of running OSX on a generic box is really not an issue. No major player will ever do it. Only the technogeeks.

    The bottom line is that Apple is being an A-hole about this. Instead of embracing the hacker community, they offend it. Isn't this how Microsoft got the attention of all those virus writers?

    I remember the day when the MacPlus was the machine. I also remember the same day when Apple was the most arrogant company on earth, refusing to even give rudimentary technical support, instead referring you to their local retailer who often didn't know squat about the machines.

    My point is, Apple requires a buzz. Many hackers out there are in positions of importance: i.e. they influence alot of things in the I.T. world. Yea, ego's are at work here. Apple: dont bruise the ego of the hacker with your over protective ego. Let them run wild.

    The bottom line, Apple will only support OSX on Apple hardware. Everything else is unsupported, and will never make a dent in the real market.

    All the other techno-legal reasons supporting Apple are reallly moot.

  1. Horsepoo!!!

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ronjamin

    You're wrong. Apple has no choice but to enforce it because if they don't, they look weak and the give off the impression that they can be toyed with.

    I think it's good that the hackers and Apple are battling it out. It'll make OS X more secure in the long run.

  1. Horsepoo!!!

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    aergern

    Apple has never made claim that the hardware is better.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    horsepoo

    You're wrong. Apple has no choice but to enforce it because if they don't, they look weak and the give off the impression that they can be toyed with.

    No, no, no. Its not a "you'll look like a wimp if you don't fight back" ego trip. Its a "if you let it go, and then try to squash it (or something similar) later, it can be argued that you implicitly allowed the action by not complaining about it, so its OK for others to do it too".

    Basically, you can't pick and choose, you either fight them all, or let them all go and run amok!

    I think it's good that the hackers and Apple are battling it out. It'll make OS X more secure in the long run.

    hahahahahahaha! That's funny. All it will do is make OS X more secure against running on non-Mac hardware. It won't make it "more secure", as I doubt this is going to aid apple in finding security holes in their OS.

    Apple has never made claim that the hardware is better.

    No, but it seems all the mac-fans do. "Why would you want to run OS X on a PC, when you can get a oooh, so nice looking mac for just $500 more with less features and abilities then the PC you're trying to run it on!"

    (BTW, the Dell computer sitting next to my G5 has 3 times as many USB ports on it then the G5, has room for 2 optical drives, four hard SATA drives, PCIExpress video (mac only does AGP, I bought it in april), and room for expansion. And the Dell 20" monitor (cost, $500) is connected to both computers since it has four (that's right, 4!) video inputs, has USB ports on it (connected to the mac, since it lacks enough of them), and can do picture in picture if, for some reason, I wanted it. The mac, well, it looks nice, I guess, although it weighs a ton, so it generally stays hidden under the desk and I never look at it. If I had my choice, I'd rather the Mac was functional and expandable for less money, rather then spending the premium for something that 'looks good'.

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