Can TCPA affect Mac developers?

Can TCPA affect Mac developers?

Post by jabr » Wed, 10 Aug 2005 20:47:59


I'm wondering if TCPA in Macs could affect the development of
freeware/shareware, or other developers with a low budget.

All of we have been hearing many apocalyptic rumours of how TCPA can
affect the future of users (and even more after the rumour that Apple
might be adopting TCPA in the future). Although I don't know how much
of this is really true, and how much is just speculation, there's some
people who say that you won't be able to distribute files not signed by
TCPA, no matter even if it's just your own home videos or personal
artistic creations (again, I don't really know how much of this is
true, it's just what we've been hearing).

So, I wonder if this can affect software distribution as well...
Supposing that TCPA is 100% implemented according to the wishes of the
alliance, will Mac software developers need to pay some kind of tax or
royalty so that their software can be distributed? May such cost be
high, affecting freeware and shareware?

Thanks!
 
 
 

Can TCPA affect Mac developers?

Post by Greg » Sun, 14 Aug 2005 19:23:43


I have prepared an intelligent, thoughtful and provocative response
that will answer all of your questions. I think that anyone who reads
it will find that it is full of insights, surprising revelations and
penetrating analyses of these very important (most important?) issues
of our times. As I'm putting the finishing touches on what I've
wrriten, I just need one question answered so I can complete it.

What is on earch does TCPA stand for? And what does it mean??

Greg

 
 
 

Can TCPA affect Mac developers?

Post by ?UTF-8?Q?J » Sun, 14 Aug 2005 21:51:29


i'm pretty sure it has to do with the hardware-based copy protection that's
built into late-model intel cpus. rumours on the internets suggest that apple
might be using it prevent the intel version of macosx from running on
non-apple hardware.

nobody replied to the original poster, because it was just ridiculous
wild-eyed speculation, without a shred of fact. like if he'd asked "auugh!
what if a terrorist shoots me in the gut, will i still be able to develop mac
software after that?!?!!?!!???!!11!!?? and what about SPACE
ALIENS???1111!!!!???"
 
 
 

Can TCPA affect Mac developers?

Post by jabr » Mon, 15 Aug 2005 18:36:49


Don't worry, just continue programming. If it's important, and if the
worries expressed in the internet about Palladium/DRM/etc have a solid
base, you'll learn what does it mean by yourself (specially if all the
content displayed in a computer has to be controlled through DRM, since
programs are "content").

But, for the moment, don't worry, it's just rumours, like the other
poster said. Back to coding.