[osflash] Out with a bang
dmendels at adobe.com
Sat Dec 31 09:10:10 EST 2005
I can't think of any restrictions around converting SWF to other
As someone else pointed out on the list, our main concern is the
creation of a fragmented & confused Player with multiple, potentially
incompatible players. The fact that the Flash Player is consistant and
basically always works the is one of the key reasons it has had real
advantages over some other runtimes (eg, look at the history of browsers
and also JVMs...especially note the way Microsoft forked the JVM). We
give the Flash Player for PCs away for free, we sell tools and servers.
We welcome competition (and complementary products) in the tools and
servers market around Flash, but we think it is in the interest of not
just us, but developers and other SWF tool vendors as well, to keep a
consistant implementation of the Flash Player.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: osflash-bounces at osflash.org
> [mailto:osflash-bounces at osflash.org] On Behalf Of Jonas Beckeman
> Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2005 7:55 AM
> To: 'Open Source Flash Mailing List'
> Subject: Re: [osflash] Out with a bang
> > In my opinion, the purpose of this license clause is to make sure
> > there will be only *one* Flash Player (as a browser
> > plug-in) and as far as I'm concerned, that's ok..
> I wonder what their stance is when it comes to SWF->XAML. An
> OS project that makes XAML files from SWFs could be a very
> real threat in a few years' time.
> Don't they have to come down hard on anything that converts
> SWF to any open format? As long as that exists, someone else
> can always take the output and create a player without risk.
> For browser playback, XAML is probably their only worry, but
> what a worry that is... With that on the horizon I can
> imagine that they'll soon be a whole lot more aggressive in
> protecting the player.
> I also wonder how the legal side of things work for
> individuals outside the US ;)
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