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I believe there shouldn’t be any further fussing on Microsoft’s part as long as you don’t tamper with the device with an intention to cheat in the game-play or to merely cash-in by selling their (reverse engineered) secrets.
I for one, don’t see anything that would negatively affect the sales of Xbox-360 by the unintended usage of Kinect. The innovative uses of Kinect can only drive more sales and MS should only be happy and like they say, "inspired".