On any software piracy platform, the Windows operating system and Office productivity suite have always been top performers. It’s no surprise, then, that Microsoft, the creator of both products, is working hard to implement anti-piracy measures.
Microsoft’s research department studied a blockchain-based incentive system to bolster anti-piracy campethereum-6286123_1280aigns in a new paper published with the participation of researchers from Alibaba and Carnegie Mellon University.
The new Microsoft system, Argus: A Fully Transparent Incentive System for Anti-Piracy Campaigns. Based on the transparency aspect of blockchain technology. As the title of the study suggests. Argus is a trustless incentive mechanism built on the Ethereum blockchain. That aims to protect data collected from the open anonymous population of piracy reporters.
“We see this as a distributed system problem,” the paper stated, “In the implementation. We overcome a set of unavoidable obstacles to ensure security despite full transparency.”
Backtracing of pirated content is possible with Argus
With a watermarking algorithm detailed in the paper, Argus allows backtracing of pirated content to its source. Each report of leaked content includes an information-hiding procedure. Also is known as “proof of leakage.” No one but the informer will be able to report. The same watermarked copy unless they actually own it.
The system also has safeguards in place to prevent an informer from repeatedly reporting. The same leaked content under different aliases. “With the security and practicality of Argus. We hope real-world antipiracy campaigns will be truly effective by shifting to a fully transparent incentive mechanism”. The report stated, citing the security and practicality of Argus.
The team optimized several cryptographic operations “. So, that the cost for piracy reporting reduced to an equivalent cost of sending. About 14 ETH-transfer transactions to run on the public Ethereum network. Which would otherwise correspond to thousands of transactions.” according to the paper.
Intellectual property protection and digital piracy have become increasingly important to tech companies around the world. In addition, Tech Mahindra, the IT subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group. Recently launched a new blockchain-based digital contract. Moreover, the rights platform for the media and entertainment industry is based on IBM’s Hyperledger Fabric protocol.