Ethereum vs pirates: Microsoft is developing a new blockchain product
The largest software developer Microsoft intends with the help of a new product called Argus created on the basis of the Ethereum blockchain to provide the best protection against malicious activity of cyber pirates.
Researchers from Microsoft, Alibaba and Carnegie Mellon University have published a study entitled “Argus: A Fully Transparent Anti-Piracy Campaign Incentive System”, which looks at the transparency of blockchain technology used against online piracy.
Built on the Ethereum blockchain, Argus allows tracing back the pirated content to its source using an appropriate watermarking algorithm. Every report of a leak, also called “proof of leak”, includes a procedure for hiding information. So, no one other than the informant can report the same watermarked copy without actually owning it.
The system also provides security measures so that a whistleblower cannot report the same content multiple times under different pseudonyms.
In addition, the team optimized several operations on the Ethereum network to reduce the fees for piracy reporting.
Around the world, more and more companies and government agencies are interested in the possibility of protecting intellectual property rights or the authenticity of documents by using the blockchain technology. For example, due to the proliferation of fake Australian coronavirus vaccination certificates on the Internet, the country has proposed introducing blockchain-based Covid passports.