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Streaming providers such as Amazon, Netflix or Walt Disney are still faced with the challenge of protecting their offers from illegal film piracy. Amazon has now found a solution for this, as a patent from November 2020 shows.
Amazon takes action against illegal streaming
As can be seen from a patent filed in November 2020, Amazon wants to protect its Prime content with a technology that is supposed to hold film pirates accountable. The patent, entitled “Encoding Identifiers in Customized Manifest Data” is intended to be used “to encode information in manifest data so that a version of media content can be identified.”
Simply put, Amazon wants to protect its Prime Video offers with the help of a kind of watermark, as winfuture.de writes. It also says there: “[I]In principle, however, unique manifest data are generated here, the identification code is integrated into a video – openly or hidden via a pattern that is not visible to the human eye. ”
This method is also intended to be used not only for on-demand films, but also for live events such as sporting events. Although Amazon has been working to protect its content by copyright for years, this patent also shows that the company takes the fight against film piracy very seriously, as Amazon’s efforts go beyond those of the industry association Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment.
This threatens illegal streaming
There is a great temptation to fall back on free and therefore mostly illegal streaming offers. However, if you get caught doing it, it can be expensive. According to information from futurezone.de, almost two million people in Germany streamed illegal content over the Internet in 2018 and the resulting macroeconomic damage is enormous. According to a Handelsblatt study from 2018, this amounts to around 700 million euros per year.
Since 2017, however, the “streaming of illegal content” has officially been considered a copyright infringement, as Deutschlandfunk Kultur writes. Accordingly, guilty parties face a fine of between 350 and 500 euros in such a case. If the offense involves file sharing, the amount of the fine can even increase to 1,500 euros.
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