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Submitted by MacDonagh 1029d ago | news

Microsoft files patent for device that enforces licenses through visual surveillance

Microsoft has filed a patent for a system that could potentially use a camera to determine whether you're breaking its content-viewing rules or not. US Patent Application 20120278904 describes the ability to use a Kinect-like camera-enabled device for "continuously monitoring a number of users at a display device during the performance of [some] content," which basically means the camera would watch the faces of anyone watching a display showing licensed content (like a movie or a game), and then track those faces to see if the viewers had appropriately licensed it. (Microsoft, Next-Gen, Xbox 360)

Abash  +   1029d ago
I would never be ok with this, being constantly monitored while gaming in my own home is just a disgusting thought
AusRogo  +   1029d ago
Well if this does happen I definatly won't buy a kinect. Like you said, the thought of being watched in my own home is disgusting.
Pathosverdes3  +   1028d ago
What if the nextbox has kinect built in, and it can't be turned off?
vitullo31  +   1028d ago
stupidest shit I ever heard of
majiebeast  +   1029d ago
Big microsoft is watching you.
Ben_Grimm  +   1029d ago
I'm pretty sure that this is old news.
konnerbllb  +   1029d ago
Yep. It was on news sites last week/weekend.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1029d ago
Didn't we have an article about this already?
VTKC  +   1029d ago
isnt this like voyuerism for microsoft? that excuse doesnt cut it for me about the content viewing rules.
GreenRanger  +   1029d ago
Microsoft = Illuminati.
Messor  +   1029d ago
Bill Gates is definitely a member of the Illuminati.
mananimal  +   1028d ago
@GreenRanger- Pinned the Tail on the Donkey.....To Bad most Gamers dont know,'dont see , that there really is "No Console Wars", Journalism is Bought & Paid for" , the INDUSTRY is owned &'controlled by these Super Elite Power Brokers, the International Banking Community, They give you the "Illusion of choice", nothing more.

The Interactive Entertainment Industry has owners that you cant see, they own the EA's, the Activision's, the Microsoft's, the Sony's, etc...And their steering the ship called Gaming, in the direction they want it to go.
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eferreira  +   1029d ago
not only do you pay for online but also anyone who comes to watch shows. Yet you people still support this company? I buy all my 360 stuff used and am not a cold member
Sp1d3ynut  +   1029d ago
Dammit...I really like watching movies and playing games with a hockey mask on...I guess that's about to end. :(

Seriously though, this is obviously another way of trying to combat used games sales...and it will likely never happen. But patenting an idea/tech some other entity might try in the future, is never a bad idea.
ALLWRONG  +   1029d ago
Not going to happen, well at least in the US.
optimus  +   1029d ago
This wouldn't surprise me. i don't take chances which is why i point the kinect towards the wall when not in use, or i just cover the lens with a small paper.
fOrlOnhOpe57  +   1029d ago
Too far and pretty much shooting yourself in the foot MS, if true.
ronin4life  +   1029d ago
This is pretty scary... especially since Sony has also filed such patents and ideas.

I hope this isn't a sign of things to come...
LiquidSword93  +   1028d ago
They better keep this bullshit anchored to kinect and ps move and nothing else.
whoyouwit04  +   1028d ago
i said this once if MS does this they will lose all respect from me and deserves to go out of business, cause this will be pure greed. now the only how this would be okay if the extra license was a $1.00 but thats still is facked up.
DigitalRaptor  +   1028d ago
The filling of patents happen all the time, but doesn't mean they'll all go through. BUT... you have to question this sort of thing going through the minds of people at MS. If this speaks for what they're willing to do, then that's messed up and unacceptable.
ronin4life  +   1028d ago
I feel I should point out this is a recent trend of many companies. I'm sure Apple has such ideas in the works and Google has its new privacy policy that records everything you search( and I think they both keep track if everything you type on their devices.

Sony has also filed patents that are even worse than this MS one, as they also mention Fingerprint scans and DNA sampling

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