Kinect, for those of you who have been under a rock since before the recent election, is operated without a controller. It tracks the user's movements with a camera, depth sensor, microphone and software algorithms. Microsoft hopes to make the motion detection technology part of Windows 8.
But is the result open source? Or is it just piracy?
I have little doubt Microsoft will call it the latter, and their lawyers make more money than I do. There are also more of them than there are ZDNet bloggers.
But history tells us that once something gets into the wild it will be used -- witness peer-to-peer technology.
The question for the open source community is how we really feel about this.
Because something is useful, and available, and valuable, does this make it fair game? Can an open source license be valid on what a proprietary company insists is an illegal technology?
This may be where the movement divides, between the "information wants to be free" crowd and the "open source is business" crowd. The former care more for what's right, the latter insist on following the law.
Which side are you on?
UPDATE: An open source driver for the Kinect is now online.