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mix1983 11-07-2012 12:32 AM

Microsoft patents tech that watches viewers
I was always creeped out about the possibility of this with the Kinect, which is why it is in the closet now.


Originally Posted by Gamespot
A patent application by Microsoft for "Content Distribution Regulation by Viewing User" has surfaced. The filing, which was made with the US Patent and Trademark Office on April 26, 2011, and was spotted by Eurogamer, outlines a system designed to monitor viewers as they watch; ensuring compliance with licensing for music, games, and film.

The technology works by using cameras (no explicit mention is made of the Kinect or a Kinect successor) found in home and mobile devices to take still or moving images of the consumers and their environment. The system then compares the number of viewers visible in the frame with the licensing terms attached to the product; prompting watchers to purchase additional licenses (as required) for each person watching.

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mikebontoft 11-07-2012 01:17 AM

I dont like this at all.

so basically they are trying to squeeze out every possible penny they could make. Limit the number of times you can watch something, limit the number of people watching, require extra licenses! what the hell?!

looks like I'm gonna go ahead and keep any Microsoft products with cameras attached to them out of my possession. unfortunately that means no camera on my next laptop. fine by me.

CJohn364 11-07-2012 02:38 AM

I was just reading about this on one of my other forums. It's crazy.

StockTalon 11-07-2012 05:14 AM

And this is part of the reason my Xbox didn't have WAN access.

UnbridledCarnage 11-07-2012 07:25 PM

ps3 gamer here. offline. MLB12 the show and thats it. havent played anything else since it came out. i showed this to my guys at work and they too think its INSANE! and i think its bullshit. but microsoft is loosing right now so they gotta make money some way

ViperThreat 11-12-2012 12:14 AM

That's disturbing, and a complete invasion of peoples privacy. It doesn't affect me much because I dont play any console games, but if that somehow ever came to light, Id be sure to point the camera at a inappropriate picture for Microsoft's viewing pleasure.

sam fisher 11-12-2012 01:42 AM

yea this stuffs creepy . good thing im too cool for a kinect lol.

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