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  1. aafuss1 macrumors 68000

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    Who would own the copyright to the Finder GUI? I recently read a book on writing and selling your own software that from the moment I start writing my Finder GUI, that I OWN the copyright to my Finder simulation. This is true. Is this correct?
     
  2. iGav macrumors G3

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    It's probably alittle more complex.....

    But ultimately if you produce anything original, then as the producer of the work, you own copyright to your work.......

    Well that's what it's like in a nutshell in the UK.......
     
  3. aafuss1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The book I was reading came fro the UK-would Apple send mne a cease and desist letter about mny copyrifgted FINDER gui?
     
  4. Beej macrumors 68020

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    I don't really understand what you are asking. Are you going to skin the current GUI? Or are you actually writing an application that replaces the Finder? :confused:
     
  5. iGav macrumors G3

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    If you were copying the actual look and design, then certainly a letter would be in the post!!, as with regards to the functionality, I very much doubt it unless it was a complete copy, and obviously you had not added anything original..... or tried to develop it further!! basically if you were merely recreating both the look and functionality of Apples finder, again probably expect a letter!!

    I would say you'll probably be pretty safe if you are making your own finder type GUI, although Apple may have copyright on the term Finder, so you may want to consider another term, discoverer, navigator..... something like that....

    On Apples website, there is a breakdown of the patents and copyrights that it owns, it may be worth checking there!!

    Hope this helps you a little, let me know how you get on!!
     
  6. aafuss1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It's for PC users who may be interested in desktop shells- it is mac style shell. OK, I put "Babya" in front of the word Finder-so you would refer to it as Babya Finder. Also it does use aqua-icons, but they are converted. Also "Quick access" is different from "Go", the control panel uses tabs instead of window panels, it has a mp3 player-differentb from itunes, a different instakler, different help system aboiut dialog box.
     
  7. Beej macrumors 68020

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    In that case, Apple would probably be all over you in no time...
     
  8. aafuss1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    You said it yourself... it's a "Mac-style" shell... so you can't expect to own rights to it if you copied it.

    arn
     
  10. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Agreed! Apple even had a couple of good Style XP themes to make your Windows XP look like OS X removed from themexp.org, god knows what they would do if you wrote a new aqua shell for WinXP.
     
  11. aafuss1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well, in fact I do own thje copyright since I first started programming it.
     
  12. Ensign Paris macrumors 68000

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    What do you own the copyright to? The Finder? I don't think so!

    Ensign
     
  13. iGav macrumors G3

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    You'll likely own the copyright to the code, there's not a problem there, but if it looks anything like Aqua, or visibly like the Apple interface then that's where the problem will occur.....
     
  14. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Apple will be all over you if you make it freely available (Windows XP theme scenario), but if you tried to sell it, you wouldn't last a minute under the unrelenting Apple Lawyer SWAT team.

    If you want to make it, don't use anything remotely Apple, and I'd get rid of the name Finder.
     
  15. aafuss1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    In fact I have the copyright-see Apple can't do anything about it. Even if the sued me I would state that I owned the copyright.
     
  16. icetraxxg5 macrumors 6502

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    Umm... Lets say you made a theme for XP and you designed and coded EVERYTHING, But it resembled the Finder/Mac GUI... Apple would probably get you with copyright infringement and who knows what else they would do. In conclusion, IF IT RESEMBLES ANYONE ELSES COPYRIGHT/PATENT THEY CAN TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST YOU!!!
     
  17. aafuss1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well, this:
    http://aqua-soft.org/
    and this:
    http://aqua-soft.org/header1.html

    Infinges on Apple's site design, copyrights and visual design-so email Apple to take action for this site.


    I own the copyright for a Finder GUI on the Windows platform-Apple has the copyright for it on their OS.
     
  18. mcrain macrumors 68000

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    Hey, aafuss1. I'm an attorney, and as such, I strongly suggest you go spend a lot of money trying to develop and sell your copyrighted work.

    I love nothing more than seeing people get squished by the big bad mega firms that represent big corps.

    Make sure you keep us all in mind and give us updates on your case. Oh, be sure also to fill us in on what your legal bills are each month and how that is fitting into your budget.

    LOL, go for it.
     
  19. aafuss1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Would Apple email Aqua-soft.org? If so-could you email apple regarding infringment by Aqua-soft?
     
  20. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    dont you guys remember this guy? he spammed this site a few months ago. a few dozen threads and posts about his stupid babya system here are a few links so you can remember his brilliant work:

    link 1

    link 2

    basically all he has done is stolen the icons from osx and converted them into windoze icons. but take a look there are lots of pictures and lots of angry people telling him to go away.
     
  21. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Oh, this is great! Ha, to laugh. Sorry, got a little carried away there.

    But some of those quotes

    '748s: it's still butt ugly.

    aafuss1: No, it's not ugly-it is quite elegant

    748s: my butt will look better'



    Thanks for the heads up there Ambitious Lemon.

    So aafuss1, are you saying you want apple to contact you? My morbid curiousity wants to know what would you possibly be hoping to gain from that?
     
  22. aafuss1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I wanted see if Apple would be ok with me abou this. They evenb say (a imac) brochire for pc users there's nothing like it any price (about iphoto=-that is mislreading- Ulead, Adobe evvenm MS sells consumer editing programs.
     
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