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Satire Imitates Life

November 11, 2012 15:38:04.657

Next time you have a few friends over to watch a movie, unhook the Kinect from your XBox - the copyright fascists are about to start doing headcounts. The sad part about this is, back in 2006 there was a satire written about that:

In November 2006, a site named BBSpot wrote a story about how the MPAA lobbied for home theater regulations, arguing that a home theater in your living room allows your friends to not buy their own DVD:
“Just because you buy a DVD to watch at home doesn’t give you the right to invite friends over to watch it too. That’s a violation of copyright and denies us the revenue that would be generated from DVD sales to your friends,” said [MPAA spokesman] Glickman.

It seems that you just can't make stuff up when it comes to copyright law. Microsoft just patented that idea:

Microsoft has filed a patent for a technology that would let Kinect detect how many people are consuming content at a given time [...] would monitor how many people are in the room when a game or piece of entertainment is being displayed and “take remedial action” if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, according to the patent application.

It's at the point where you're not sure whether we should laugh,or cry.

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posted by James Robertson


Re: Satire Imitates Life

[anonymous] November 13, 2012 11:01:02.209

Sometimes when "Big Brother is watching you", it's not necessarily the government.

Re: Satire Imitates Life

[:block | block value: block] November 13, 2012 16:12:09.924

In Soviet Redmond, XBox watches YOU!

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