Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Nintendo 3B.S.

Don't buy a Nintendo 3DS. If you take any photographs or videos and transfer them to the Nintendo, the corporation owns them, as part of the licence agreement.
Nintendo also collects "User Content," the group adds, "which they define as all 'comments, messages, images, photos, movies, information, data and other content'," it explains, quoting the Nintendo 3DS End User License Agreement.
Nintendo then goes on to assert that users "grant to Nintendo a worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display your User Content in whole or in part and to incorporate your User Content in other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes,"

That's right. It's not a storage and games device. It's a vampire, sucking out all your creativity and legal rights. I have a camera and a laptop. Neither Nikon nor Apple claim to own the things I do on it. But Nintendo is stalking you because - like Facebook but more expensive - it's a machine (paid for by you) designed to sell you to advertisers. Nintendo wants to know where you are, who you are and what you're up to:
The Nintendo 3DS also keeps track of the games users play along with any data or information created while using the device, the FSF charges, including personal data such as any name, address or other information they enter as well as "age, gender, geographic area, game play data, online status, Nintendo 3DS System serial number and device ID, device certificate information, cookies, Friend Codes, wireless access point information, Internet Protocol ('IP') address, and Media Access Control ('MAC') address"
Mmm. Cute. Play chess. It won't hunt you down.

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