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?
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!!The book I was reading came fro the UK-would Apple send mne a cease and desist letter about mny copyrifgted FINDER gui?
You said it yourself... it's a "Mac-style" shell... so you can't expect to own rights to it if you copied it.Originally posted by aafuss1
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.
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.Originally posted by Beej
In that case, Apple would probably be all over you in no time...
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.Originally posted by aafuss1
Well, in fact I do own thje copyright since I first started programming it.