Earlier today, reports started to appear all over the internet, including at our site, about what appeared to be Microsoft’s attempt to tackle piracy by clause in Section 7.b. in Windows 10’s End User Licence Agreement, which reads as the following: “We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices.”
The report created a state of confusion among the gaming community. Some viewed the development as a positive event that would rid publishers of the losses that they had to sustain due to uncontrollable increasing piracy. However there were also those who viewed this to be a dictatorial act that would allow Microsoft to have much authority over what their users do.
The latest news, however, is that the report was a subject to misinterpretation. It has now been clearly pointed out on Reddit that the Section 7.b. of Microsoft’s EULA for Windows 10 calls out “counterfeit games” and “unauthorized hardware peripheral devices” because it was written in regards to Microsoft’s gaming platform and associated IP on Xbox and Windows. Interestingly enough, the current list doesn’t even call out the Windows Store, even though it is discussed in the store-specific Section 14.b.
To clarify the situation, Microsoft cannot block or disable third-party or possibly pirated content with Windows 10, instead the terms referred to the services provided by Microsoft itself, such as Bing and Xbox Live. Hence although Microsoft will reserve authority over its services, but the company would defiantly not be messing with their users’ third-party contents.
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