Microsoft examines the use of the Ethereum blockchain in combatting piracy
A new era of anti-piracy measures is here.
What you need to know
- Microsoft and collaborators are working on a new breed of anti-piracy solution.
- It will involve the Ethereum blockchain and public piracy reporting.
- Argus is banking on transparency being an incentive for IP protection.
Microsoft Research Asia, in conjunction with Alibaba Group and Carnegie Mellon University, has cooked up a paper outlining the broad strokes of Argus, a "fully transparent incentive system for anti-piracy campaigns." It relies on cost-effective reporting of piracy via the public Ethereum network (via CoinTelegraph).
The paper breaks down the trio's collective IP protection goals in more detail, as well as how the Argus system puts a stop to traditional methods of peer-policing abuse derived from reward-based greed rather than altruistic intent. Here's an excerpt from the full paper (opens in new tab) that outlines the specifics of Argus:
If you want a quick snapshot overview of Argus, you can check out the paper's abstract on Microsoft's site (opens in new tab). Otherwise, the full writeup is linked above for your reading pleasure. It's an incredibly dense paper that dances around clearly stating a true incentive capable of compelling members of the public to tattle on each other over piracy. However, it does do a thorough job of outlining why non-Argus systems for this issue have failed.
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