Nintendo want ALL of your 3DS photos and videos for themselves

17 May 2011

nintendo-3ds If you’re a Twitter user, you might have seen the Twitpic furore last week – their updated T&Cs seemed to suggest that they could do pretty much anything they liked with everyone’s pictures once they’d been uploaded, like make a big collage from them or sell them on.

After a mighty fuss from Twitpic users, the T&Cs were changed and everyone calmed down for a while. But now speaketh John from the Free Software Federation and he doth sayeth…

From reading the Nintendo 3DS Terms of Service, one could be forgiven for thinking that Nintendo is exiting the video game console business and entering the brick-making business.

The 3DS Terms are a perfect storm of 1) Updates will happen automatically without your specific permission any time the device connects to wifi 2) The device will constantly try to connect to wifi 3) Updates will specifically disable devices found to have modified software or unauthorized peripherals.

On top of that, Nintendo claims a license to photos and other user-generated material on the devices -- and those things are also automatically uploaded, along with user location data gleaned from wifi network proximity.

DRM prevents users from disabling any of these antifeatures, which is why DefectiveByDesign.org has taken an interest, encouraging people to send cardboard bricks to Nintendo. In the wake of all the Sony PS3 news, is this really the direction Nintendo wants to take things?

So that's Nintendo bricking your modified 3DS AND also claiming a perpetual, worldwide license to the photos and videos that you take with your 3DS camera. How do you like THEM shitty-tasting apples then consumers?

[BoingBoing]

TOPICS:   Games

9 comments

  • Flod
    This is going to make convincing my girlfriend to let me take 3d pictures of her boobs more difficult...
  • Eric
    I never ever thought I would say this but "Nintendo, you bastards".
  • U J.
    I'm uploading constant goatse pics then
  • Marky M.
    Not much different from Youtube: they assert they own any content uploaded to them and can do anything with it. If you don't like it, well there's always Google Video. No, wait.
  • Nick T.
    Not much different from Youtube: they assert they own any content uploaded to them and can do anything with it. If you don't like it, well there's always Google Video. No, wait.
  • Skymarshall
    @Nick/Marky Mark- There's a difference between having a choice to upload something to Youtube, and Nintendo automatically claiming rights to any pictures you take with the 3DS, just because you took them with the device. And having no choice to stop the upload or 'tracking facility' within the picture data..
  • Brian
    no doubt some clever 12 year old will be able to hack the device and bring out some custom firmware which disables all these "features". Only a matter time
  • Hugh J.
    aw bubble burst! Like its not been happening all over the planet anyway.. Its only a matter of time before I get to see your girlfriend, wife, daughter naked anyway.. they are all whores at heart! And very stupid too, because they wont have a clue how their photos got leaked in the first place! hahahaha, lawl *cough*
  • Kevin
    With Youtube etc they need to have SOME sort of ownership or permission otherwise they would not be able to host it on their site. It's just down to the wording.

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