I am confused. Not a first, I know... or a last for that matter. But follow me on this one and see if this makes sense to you:
1. Adobe leads Open Screen Project initiative to "Enable consumers to engage with rich Internet experiences seamlessly across any device, anywhere". (Sources: OpenScreenProject, Oct. 2009 Press Release)
2. "Adobe Runtime Restrictions. You will not use any Adobe Runtime on any non-PC device or with any embedded or device version of any operating system." They go on to list mobile, digital signage, TV, etc, as examples. (Source: Flash Player 10.1 End user License Agreement)
#1 seems clear enough. Everyone use Flash Everywhere! Yeah Flash!
#2 also seems clear. Flash is only for the PC, otherwise do no pass go, do not collect 200 dollars.
Hmmm. The press release states that Flash 10.1 is going to be geared for desktop AND mobile. The 10.1 EULA states that you need to contact Adobe Licensing for more information on obtaining a license on non-PC devices... including mobile.
After a quick Google search, it seems I am not the only one confused. Even 'Expert Digital Signage Consulting' is confused. AND they are experts! (and consultants!)
In the comments of the post you will notice that Bill Gerba, of WireSpring states:
We have been told -- in no uncertain terms, by Adobe legal themselves -- that if you want to use an Adobe-provided Flash player for digital signage, you HAD to license it from one of their special licensing agents, regardless of operating system, size of screen, or any other factor.
This can't be right. Open Source for all devices yet you need a license for digital signage???
Adobe, hear our plea! Clear this hypocrisy up please!