Illegal Video Streaming Might End Soon: Microsoft's New Tech to Stop, Track and Round Up Torrents and Pirated Movie Streamers

By C. de Lacy / 2017.05.15

One of the biggest damages in the entertainment industry surfaces from the blurred line between the law and illegal sharing of files via torrents and streaming. With the tech giant, Microsoft, lending its hand to block and single out illegal file sharers, the days of pirated movie streaming might be numbered.

Along with Kodi's piracy crackdown effort, Microsoft patented a new technology which could mean the end to those who upload and share movies or even torrents by being vulnerable to being tracked down. Last week's report at Torrent Freak suggests that Microsoft is finally joining the fight against the widely spread piracy, which could put repeat offenders in the spotlight and this could even mean getting these people into the hands of the law.

In a 14-page copy of Microsoft's submitted patent, the new system aims to put offenders into varied sanctions, which depends on the frequency of the infringement activity.

“Incidents that result in objects being so marked can be stored in an incident history associated with a user responsible for those objects. The incident history can be processed to identify repeat offenders and modify access privileges of those users,” a portion of the patent states.

As Torrent Freak further explains, one of the attention-grabbing concern revolves around what “repeat infringement” penalty will entail. It was reported that ISP Cox Communications ended up having to pay $25 million due to its “negligence” in getting rid of repeat offenders. There is no particular mention of whichever policy will take place in such situations, though it would wildly vary depending on the hosting service used and not just the internet service provider.

With Microsoft stepping in, DMCA's advice to IPSs regarding the limitation on its users would now be either at the company's mercy or Microsoft's. However, not a lot of Windows users aren't taking a lot of liking into Microsoft's proposed policy, but we'll see soon how the tech giant's hand in the situation will improve or worsen things.

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