3DS Terms of Service: Not Exactly Consumer-Friendly

The Terms of Service for the Nintendo 3DS grant Nintendo full rights to use any user-created content on the 3DS -- including photos taken with it. Additionally, the device will automatically contact Nintendo at any opportunity it has. If Nintendo detects that your 3DS has been modded, or if unauthorized peripherals have been used, then they will brick the system.

[via BoingBoing]

  1. The Terms of Service for the Nintendo 3DS grant Nintendo full rights to use any user-created content on the 3DS — including photos taken with it.

    There was a related, non-video game post on BoingBoing a few days ago that talked about similar rights issues for photo hosting sites. Despite being an avid user of Flickr, i find this sort of thing (including the Nintendo issue that you mentioned in the post) distressing. Granted, they own the service so it is within their rights to stipulate this sort of thing but it always strikes me as a bad practice nonetheless.

  2. The prevalence of this kind of bullshit irks me.

  3. There’s not a goddamned chance in hell I’d buy one of those things, but now I feel notional license to harangue people who do.

    [On the other hand, I was an iDevice holdout until last year, and now I all addicted and stuff. Though I never have and never will pay for a single app, song, or video I actually store on the phone.]

    The inexorable trend is towards companies trying to make us renters of the products we purchase rather than owners, to push subscription models and ongoing service fees down our throats.

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but: fuck that.

  4. For the third time in as many months, I have reason to be happy I cancelled my pre-order.

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