Sony Patents Anti-Piracy Blacklist for Smart TVs and Media Players
Sony is patenting a technology that can detect and blacklist pirate apps on media players and smart TVs. Through the use of monitoring software, third-party applications sideloaded onto these and other devices can be blocked, effectively protecting rightsholders against online piracy.
Over the past several decades, Sony has established itself as a leading player in the technology, music, film, and gaming industries.
The Japanese company hasn’t shied away from taking on the competition, but one adversary has proven particularly difficult to overcome; piracy.
Sony recognized this threat early on. At the Americas Conference on Information Systems in 2000, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s U.S. senior vice president Steve Heckler declared an all-out attack on piracy.
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