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