Sites related to Mac OS X on non-Apple x86 hardware shut for possible DMCA violation

“The OSx86 Project Web site stated Apple had served it with a notice on Thursday citing violations of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the site was reviewing all of its discussion forum postings as a result. The site has always aimed to adhere to copyright laws and is working with Apple to ensure no violations exist, according to a statement by the site administrator,” May Wong reports for The Associated Press.

“The other Web site, Win2OSX.net, was completely shut down. Administrators there could not be immediately reached for comment,” Wong reports. “An Apple spokesman declined to comment Friday on the DMCA-based notices. The federal law prohibits anyone from distributing software or hardware that can circumvent copy protection mechanisms. The law has been criticized at times as being unconstitutional and too broad.”

“Apple does not authorize the use of its Mac OS on machines other than its own, and earlier this week, the sites posted links to the Web site of a hacker who claimed his software patches could be used to run a version of the Mac OS on a non-Apple machine,” Wong reports.

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11 Comments

  1. Yeah. The wind blew the daylights out of Montreal, too. Caused a sixty car pile-up on the 40. Temp dropped close to thirty below last night. It’s winter.

    Go enjoy a meal at a nice restaurant while you’re out of town, eh? Make a day of it ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Looks like Apple’s going to have to release a commercial version of OS X for x86. This just drives it underground, and they get no revenue from the “illegal” versions. They must have known this would happen with a switch to Intel CPUs, and it’s pathetic for them to use the horrible DMCA that the RIAA is using to try to stop music file trading. This won’t work either.

    I wonder who the smendrick is who’s running Apple’s legal department. Steve Jobs can’t do everything.

  3. neomonkey – It may drive it underground, but the average Joe won’t know where to find it.

    The “lost revenue” you speak of are vaporous sales. Do you think these folks are going to buy a Mac? Unlikely. Those “lost sales” are to folks who will buy the cheapest Dell crapbox they can, and steal the OS anyhow. They’re not going to buy a legit copy even if it were offered for sale standalone. Apple knows this.

  4. neomonkey: Looks like Apple’s going to have to release a commercial version of OS X for x86. This just drives it underground, and they get no revenue from the “illegal” versions.

    Why on Earth would Apple have a problem with driving it underground? “Driving it underground” is the ultimate goal of all anti-piracy efforts. You can’t eliminate piracy, but you can make it so hard to find and so inconvenient to do that only the geekiest of geeks will do it.

    Apple is winning this war big time. The “patch” (actually a minor rewrite) just illustrates how hard it is to get OS X running on a commodity PC. No one will actually use OS X on a non-Mac. You’ll have a few geeks loading it so they can impress their friends, and that’ll be it.

  5. Any law that makes discussion of certain topics forbidden is double-plus ungood.

    I don’t like the DMCA either but you’re hair is on fire. We can talk all day long about OSX running on PC hardware. But if the discussion moves to posting actual code or distributing such code to circumvent whatever protections Apple has put into the OS to prevent exactly this, that would be when the DMCA can be enforced. You might believe that posting or distributing IP protection circumvention technology constitutes “discussing a topic” but the law makes the technology the offense, not talking about the technology.

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