Originally posted by Darkshadow
Greg has already said that he's not going to be working on a Kaleidoscope for OS X until he knows for sure he's not going to get in trouble with Apple for doing so.
I'm not sure what he's afraid of. I know that Apple has vigorously defended what they view as trademark material by preventing folks making Aqua themes for other products (not that I agree, but there it is). But, I'm not aware of any legal precident or logical reason that would justify them intimidating theme/theme tool authors to prevent them changing the appearance of MacOSX. If any such intimidation is being applied, I really have to wonder why.
I don't see why it would be a trademark issue, since any MacOSX themers would be using original material, or at worst, trademarked material of other companies. Using other companies' trademarked material may not be legal, but it's not Apple's problem.
If it's to protect the "purity" of Aqua, I'd really have thought that someone would stand up and tell Apple to pound sand, 'cos we should be able to do whatever we want with the look/feel of our own desktops (short of de-compiling code, etc). I know, it's easy to say when I'm not getting the C&D letters, but I would certainly be willing to contribute to a legal defence fund for any group willing to settle the question in court.
If it's because Apple has some kind of "Theme Workshop" or "Plus Pack" in the wings, well... That's just anticompetitive, and is behaviour more fitting our other "favourite" software company...