Dish TV operator Dish Network has registered a patent for an anti-piracy system that uses blockchain technology. The company’s solution could be a next step to be taken worldwide, mainly by copyrighted content owners. The new program would be cheaper and more efficient than current options, according to the network.
The patent application was registered two years ago and only now, after all legal procedures, has it been officially granted to the operator. The “Antipiracy Management”, as it was named, seeks to regain control of content that today is illegally disseminated through the most diverse sites and even on Youtube, Facebook and other social networks.
Operator has a history of copyright processes
One of the motivations for the development of the new anti-piracy system is the history that Dish Network has been combating unauthorized content disclosure. For years, the company has filed dozens of lawsuits for copyright infringement.
While the operator continues to track clothes, websites and other means that disclose their content without permission, the problem of piracy remains firm and without signs of reduction, mainly on the internet. So Dish began to explore new options for monitoring and identifying this type of breach. According to the new patent, the company’s authorial content would be managed and protected through a blockchain network program.
Patent wants to unify content checking
The patent describes that in the past five years piracy “has dramatically disrupted the media industry on a global scale and the decentralized nature is becoming increasingly complex and difficult to manage and monitor”.
Platforms like YouTube and social networks have policies against piracy and a series of mechanisms and filters to offer companies the identification of copyright violations. However, it is a very broad job to manage content across the many platforms, websites and networks that exist today.
Therefore, the operator suggests the creation of a system that would unify this process of filtering and monitoring through the blockchain. “Traditional anti-piracy technologies in the rapidly changing decentralized content sharing industry are becoming archaic in containing the problem. With many different methods, a redesign is needed to minimize divergent approaches and unify participants in a common protocol, ”explains Dish.
How the anti-piracy program would work
The central idea is the mass adoption of Dish’s anti-piracy platform, concentrating copyright information that will be constantly verified by the blockchain network, which would also allow anyone to check it out.
Once a company uploads a file to the idealized system, it would generate a record on the blockchain, linking the content to the owner in exchange for a small fee. Thus, if the program identifies the use on a website, for example, it will check if it has the necessary rights. Otherwise, the file will be blocked at the time of upload.
However, this would only work if the platform in question, such as Youtube, adheres to Dish’s system. Thus, the network would check whether or not the user who uploads a file can do so.
A practical example would be that official accounts of artists, companies and television channels could upload copyrighted content as normal. However, if any user tries to post a file registered in the anti-piracy system, it would be automatically blocked.
With information: TorrentFreak