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Microsoft claims ownership of leaked Xbox 720 document

Lawyers issue copyright violation warnings to more websites

An eye-opening 56-page document suggestive of Microsoft's next-generation plans has been removed from a technology website on the grounds of copyright.

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Lawyers for the Xbox firm issued a takedown request to Czech Republic website Ihned.cz, claiming that publishing the "720" document was breach of copyright.

It means that the article - which was written in 2010 and recommends an Xbox 720 release in 2013 at a $299.99 price point - is owned by Microsoft.

Though this underlines its legitimacy, it does not mean the document itself is an entirely accurate representation of Microsoft's existing next-generation plans. The author of the work is unknown, and it may have been created by an outside agency for Microsoft, and the ideas within may not have not been approved by Microsoft executives.

The document recommends that the next-generation Xbox will feature Blu-ray compatibility, a form of augmented reality glasses, an enhanced version of Kinect, and references SmartGlass technology.

Many items in the doc aligns with information previously obtained by journalists.

The file itself first emerged over the weekend, first hosted on document sharing website Scribd, though quickly removed at the request of Covington & Birling LLP, an international law firm that lists Microsoft as one of its clients.

Scribd, which once had a poor reputation for publishing material in violation of copyright, has in recent years become far more proactive in removing such documents from its website.

CVG approached Scribd to enquire on what grounds Microsoft sought to have the document removed. The company has not responded to calls for comment.

In the UK, copyright law does not usually apply to information used for a news article providing that the information is deemed newsworthy and reasonable care is taken to stay within this parameter.

The takedown notice, sent to Ihned.cz and republished in English on Polygon, can be found below.

Microsoft has received information that the domain listed above, which appears to be on servers under your control, is offering unlicensed copies of, or is engaged in other unauthorized activities relating to copyrighted works published by Microsoft.

1. Identification of copyrighted works:
Copyrighted work(s):
IEB Roadmap
Copyright owner:
Microsoft Corporation

2. Copyright infringing material or activity found at the following location(s):
xxxxxxxxxxx-XBox-720-9-24-Checkpoint-Draft-1.pptx

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