In April 2011, Microsoft filed a patent titled “Content Distribution Regulation By Viewing User”. In basic terms, if you rent a movie on your Xbox and you invite your chums over, a connected Kinect unit may choose to stop you watching due to exceeding the viewing licence or worse, charge you more!

Only made public last week, this DRM disaster can also monitor how many total people watch and even if you’re old enough to even watch the downloaded content!

It’s not even April, look here is an abstract from the patent:

A content presentation system and method allowing content providers to regulate the presentation of content on a per-user-view basis. Content is distributed an associated license option on the number of individual consumers or viewers allowed to consume the content. Consumers are presented with a content selection and a choice of licenses allowing consumption of the content. 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.

A further look into the patent reveals:

The limitation may comprise a number of user views, a number of user views over time, a number of simultaneous user views, views tied to user identities, views limited to user age or any variation or combination thereof, all tied to the number of actual content consumers allowed to view the content.

Enjoyed this article? share it!