In a new paper from Microsoft’s research department, the tech giant explains that its anti-piracy plan is based on the transparency of blockchain technology.
A new system based on blockchain technology
The research paper published by Microsoft is titled “Argus: A Fully Transparent Incentive System for Anti-Piracy Campaigns. It was conducted by Microsoft’s research department with the help of researchers from Alibaba and Carnegie Mellon University. It suggests that Microsoft’s new system is based on blockchain technology. The system is called Argus and would be built on the Ethereum blockchain.
Argus allows pirated content to be traced back to the source with an appropriate watermarking algorithm, which is described in detail in the paper. Also referred to as “proof of leakage,” any report of leaked content involves a procedure for hiding information. In this way, no one but the informer can report the same watermarked copy without actually possessing it.
What about the issues with Ethereum network fees?
In terms of Ethereum network fees, the paper explains that the team has optimized several cryptographic operations that reduce reporting costs to the cost of sending about 4 ETH-transfer transactions on the public Ethereum network, which would otherwise be equivalent to thousands of transactions.”
The system also has incentive-reducing safeguards to prevent a whistleblower from repeatedly reporting the same leaked content under different pseudonyms. “With the security and practicality of Argus, we hope that anti-piracy campaigns will be truly effective in the real world by moving to a fully transparent incentive mechanism,” the report says.
Protecting intellectual property and combating digital piracy have become increasingly important for technology companies around the world. The paper published by Microsoft shows that blockchain technology could play an important role in the fight to prevent piracy.