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Microsoft is seeking a patent on a technology that would enable content-owners to monitor the number of users consuming content or playing a game.
According to application 20120278904, will allow the content owner would then be able to restrict access if the viewers or players exceeded the licensed number. Redmond said in the application that content owners can already place some restrictions on downloaded content, such as limiting the amount of time it is available for use, or the number of times it can be viewed.
The technology covered by the patent would expand this, by enabling content owners to restrict content on a per-user view basis. This would involve the use of a camera of other capture device to be used as a consumer detector, Microsoft said in its application.