Argus: Microsoft Will Use Etherium Blockchain For Software And Internet Piracy

A Paper titled as  “Argus: A Fully Transparent Incentive System for Anti-Piracy Campaigns” published by Microsoft's research department, by also having input from researchers from Alibaba and Carnegie Mellon University, the Redmond-based software giant investigated a blockchain-based incentive system to bolster anti-piracy campaigns.

Blockchain technology was always an accepting option for a lot of corporations and people that wanted a transparent and clean solution that allowed for permanently recorded and traceable transactions. 

Argus enables backtracing of pirated content to the source, with a watermarking algorithm. It’s named Proof-of-Leakage, where each report of leaked content will involve an information-hiding procedure and no one but the informer can report the same watermarked copy without owning it.

The system also has safeguards that reduce incentives to prevent a whistleblower from reporting the same leaked content over and over again under different aliases. “With the security and convenience of Argus, we hope that real-world anti-piracy campaigns will be truly effective by switching to a fully transparent incentive mechanism.”the report stated.

The team optimized several cryptographic operations “. So, that the cost for piracy reporting reduced to an equivalent cost of sending. About 14 ETH-transfer transactions to run on the public Ethereum network. Which would otherwise correspond to thousands of transactions.” according to the paper.


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