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<title>As Microsoft repeal some Xbox restrictions, more apply to other products</title>
<h1>As Microsoft repeal some Xbox restrictions, more apply to other products</h1>
<p>Faced with user protests, Microsoft has been forced to
make the terms for its latest Xbox gaming console <a
href="http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update">look a little less
restrictive</a>. 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.</p>
<p>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 <a
href="http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update">"downloaded titles cannot be
shared or resold"</a>. 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 <a href="http://download.microsoft.com/Documents/UseTerms/Windows_7%20Home%20Basic%20K_English_1b4c2a3e-5533-431c-b57b-b986461b01de.pdf">Windows 7 licence</a>.</p>
<blockquote><p>“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
<blockquote><p>“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.”</p></blockquote>
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<p>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.</p></div>
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