As Microsoft repeal some Xbox restrictions, more apply to other products

Matthias Kirschner mk at
Thu Jun 20 16:24:01 UTC 2013

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= As Microsoft repeal some Xbox restrictions, more apply to other products =

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Faced with user protests, Microsoft has been forced to make the terms
for its latest Xbox gaming console look a little less restrictive [1].
However, the “new” terms which had caused such outrage were not in fact
new at all: they were similar to most other proprietary software
licences, including those covering other Microsoft software products and
on-line services.

Restrictions on selling, sharing and gift-giving appear, for example, in
the Windows 7 and Office 2013 licences. Similar restrictions will
continue to apply to the Xbox one in that "downloaded titles cannot be
shared or resold" [1]. Geographic restrictions can also apply to Office
2013, along a class action waiver. Gamers who were angered by the
invasive, inadequate and mandatory 24 hour check-in and Kinect
voice/motion sensor may be similarly angered by the clause demanding
“you must comply with any technical limitations in the software that
only allow you to use it in certain ways. You may not work around any
technical limitations in the software” in the Windows 7 licence.[2]

  “Even after reversing course on some of the more egregious Xbox One
  terms, Microsoft still leaves its users wearing digital handcuffs,”
  says Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's president. “We encourage everyone to
  choose Free Software instead, and break free of these restrictions.”

  “While proprietary licenses restrict your freedom, Free Software
  always guarantees that you can use the software for any purpose, to
  study how it works, to share it with others, and modify it to your
  needs” says Matthias Kirschner, FSFE's Head of Public Awareness.
  “Users should not have to beg for these rights.”

*** FSFE's infographic about the Xbox restrictions is available on - It is still unclear
what exactly the full license will or will not contain, for example,
mention of the Class Action Waiver has been removed, but no statement
has been made to repeal it. ***


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