Microsoft will leverage the power of Ethereum to help it fight piracy, a problem that the company has been experiencing for decades.
In addressing the issue, Microsoft has collaborated with Carnegie Mellon University and Alibaba and released a new study suggesting that Ethereum could help tackle the issue.
In the paper, titled: Argus: A Fully Transparent Incentive System for Anti-Piracy Campaigns, researchers claim that the prevalence of pirated software is a “distributed system problem”.
Thanks to an algorithm developed by the company though, it’s possible to introduce a new concept known as proof of leakage.
Effectively, this will allow the algorithm, Argus, to trace pirated software to the source via a digital watermark. Microsoft, Alibaba and Carnegie investigators have dubbed it the “first public anti-piracy system”.
“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 paper says, outlining a future where pirating software may no longer be possible.
Companies worldwide are increasingly concerned about their intellectual property and the implementation of a algorithm that effectively targets unlicensed copies could be a huge step in fighting online piracy.
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