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Microsoft’s Kinect patent goes Big Brother, will spy on you for the MPAA

Microsoft’s Kinect patent goes Big Brother, will spy on you for the MPAA

Microsoft-Kinect-patent-big-brother-spies-remedial-action-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationBy Joel Hruska, ExtremeTech

Microsoft has filed for a Kinect-related patent, and it’s a doozy of an application. The abstract describes a camera-based system that would monitor the number of viewers in a room and check to see if the number of occupants exceeded a certain threshold set by the content provider. If there are too many warm bodies present, the device owner would be prompted to purchase a license for a greater number of viewers.

No, really. It’s that blunt. From the abstract: “The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken.”

It’s refreshing to see Microsoft eschewing its play-nice-with-everyone approach to business for some old-fashioned, straight-up evil. The patent’s various claims can endow a device with a limited number of performances in a given period of time, a limited number of users allowed to view such performances, and the continuous monitoring of viewers during those performances. It also covers the determination of “when performance of the content to an identified user exceeds a threshold.”

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Comment by sleat on November 13, 2013 at 10:43am

So, what happens if the screen is in one room, and the sensor is in another room?

What if the content is being watched in a large space, such as a gallery, and there are many people present who are not watching it?

What happens if the viewers are all sitting behind the sofa (it's a horror film) and watching through the cracks?

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