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Windows 7: Microsoft patent spies on consumers to enforce DRM

08 Nov 2012   #1
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Microsoft patent spies on consumers to enforce DRM

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A new patent application filed by Microsoft and granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office details a content distribution system which uses cameras to detect whether or not you've been paying for your content.
Credit: CNET

The patent, US20120278904, works as a surveillance mechanism, inbuilt within devices including television sets, computers, smartphones and tablets in order to enforce digital rights management (DRM). In other words, if you're streaming content without a license, it can be detected -- and your media stream cut off.

Read more at source:
Microsoft patent spies on consumers to enforce DRM | ZDNet

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08 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

I'm entirely not sure if this is an innovation or just a plain and simple violation of privacy.
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08 Nov 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

How can you not be sure?
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08 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 professional 64
 
 

How could turning on someones Webcam and watching/recording have anything to do with what you are online surfing or doing, or have done? Looking at your face in a Webcam does not tell anyone what you are doing. Major privacy
invasion yes. Telling someone what you are doing no.

Your internet enabled and connected TV would have to have a front facing camera to even turn on!
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08 Nov 2012   #5

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Nah!

I read yrs ago the panel producers patented/boasted about a spying mechanism whereby they use the spaces in between pixels on your screen as a giant camera to spy on you.
No doubt applies to mobile phone screens too!
No need for a specific camera.

All hard drives have a built in 'spy chip' with unique id invented/built by a Swiss company too!

Who do these 'unidentified' people spying on users think they are?
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08 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7 professional 64
 
 

Reading in detail the link Brink gave, this could be defeated with a piece of tape over your phone/tablet/computer/tv
webcam.
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08 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 professional 64
 
 

To keep this discussion clear. If you discover a bootleg movie on say Youtube. It is the account that posted the movie
that is in violation, not the viewer. And at any point in time there are many bootleg movies on Youtube. I personally do not download and save any movies or music. I know how to do it. Just not worth the time, trouble and disk space to me.
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08 Nov 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

" However, when technology in the home can detect how many people are present, their ages and potentially store their facial profiles, if this is made commercial, it's unlikely the latest privacy intrusion will go down well with the general public."

Boy, is THAT an understatement! Total big brother ........... I ...... I ...... words fail me
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08 Nov 2012   #9

Windows Seven, Ubuntu
 
 

Open Source is the future of software. So yeh I don't pay and there is really nothing they can do about it.
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09 Nov 2012   #10

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bdstx4 View Post
Your internet enabled and connected TV would have to have a front facing camera to even turn on!
This technology is actually related to the Kinect (in case you're unfamiliar, it's Microsoft's Xbox 360 motion sensor platform). It HAS a camera. Microsoft will essentially use this technology to detect the number of people watching a movie to determine if the audience is in a "private" setting or "public". Remember you need to have a license for film viewing on a public place/audience.

Personally, I think this is stupid as you can bring your whole class to your private home to watch a movie and would still be within licensing terms because of the venue.
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