OSx86 Project served with DMCA violation notice, pulls forum until futher notice

The OSx86 Project Forum this morning features the following announcement:

(OFFLINE Board Offline) 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.

Most-recently, OSx86 reported on a hidden poetic warning to would-be Mac OS X for x86 hackers from Apple and that hacking guru Maxxuss has announced preliminary patches for Apple’s Mac OS X 10.4.4 for Intel. News reports such as these remain on the x86 site, but the forum has been taken offline due to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act violation notice.

There is no word from OSx86 about who initiated the complaint that resulted in the DMCA violation notice.

The OSx86 Project Forum offline message is here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader “sailfish” for the heads up.]

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Related MacDailyNews articles:
Apple’s Mac OS X 10.4.4 for Intel cracked – February 15, 2006
Apple offers hidden poetic warning to would-be Mac OS X for x86 hackers – February 15, 2006


  1. Can’t Apple find something better to do for their lawyers than to resort to the god awful DMCA? I lose some respect for a company any time they use the DMCA to threaten people.

    I mean, come on. Is this project really hurting you Apple? Is the negativism from this worth as much as the positive vibes created from leaving these guys alone. Who cares if someone runs OS X on a Dell? I don’t think you are losing any sales over this. Its kind of like the record companies claiming lost sales when someone downloads a song that they had no intention of ever buying anyway.

    In fact, letting this person test OS X on his existing system may lead them to buy a Mac. Wow! What a brilliant concept.

  2. Good for them. If these trolls want to run OS X, just buy a Mac like everyone else. Besides, it’ll work a damn site better than the piece of shit PC boxes they’re trying to illegally install OS X on anyway…

  3. Jeff, one way this can hurt Apple is the dilution of their trademarks. I think Apple is right to go after any individuals or groups who engage in what is clearly a case of software piracy. It is piracy, because there is no way anyone can load a version of OSX on a non-Apple supported machine without stealing it or violating the terms of the Apple license.

    I agree with Dave H. If you want a free OS that will run on PowerPc or x86 architecture, get Ubuntu.

  4. “What’s illegal about installing OSX on a PeeCee?”

    Because in order to do it you have to break the DMCA which is the law.

    I am also glad that dirt bag got shut down. I am all for the advancement of technology, but this is potentially very destructive to Apple’s business. They don’t license a version of their software to run on hardware other than Apple’s own. When they do, they will let you know about it. If you don’t like it tuff s**t go sit in the corner and run Lindows and STFU

  5. Yes, this will clearly curb efforts to put OS X on a Dell box.
    You’re a bunch of morons if you actually believe that.
    You’re a bigger bunch of morons if this really matters to you.
    And you have to be a functioning retard to believe people who would use a hacked up, bug ridden, version of OS X on a Dell were actually going to buy a Mac anyway.

    The people who live to do crap like this aren’t exactly high on the Apple potential customer list.

    Stop caring about inane shit like this, life is too short. Go enjoy your Mac.

  6. Jeff:

    Every company has the right to protect their property. Even companies that we don’t like. And we know who it is.

    We can even extend this to a personal level. You have the right to protect your property. If you don’t guess what happens to it.

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