“Further, the blockchain configuration has an automated auditing mechanism that tracks playback of the content at the destination to ensure that the quantity of playbacks is accurately recorded. Therefore, piracy by the intended recipient, in the form of a greater quantity of actual playbacks than reported playbacks, is prevented.’

Other Playback Environments

While Disney regularly refers to movie theaters and projectors, it specifically states that the patent also applies to other ‘playback environments.’ For example, when Disney content is sent to other streaming providers, which will need the proper credentials to play the content.

There are several possible practical implementations but whether Disney has concrete plans to use these in the real world is unknown.


This will link it to the rightful owner in exchange for a small fee.

After that, the system assigns a unique identifier that will be embedded in the file, which is added to the content repository.

If this file is then uploaded to a third-party site that uses the same system, it can check with the ledger to confirm that the uploader has the necessary rights. If so, that will create a separate entry in the ledger but otherwise, access will be blocked.

The system also allows for various roles to be added to the ledger. In addition to the copyright holder, creators or subscribers can be assigned certain rights that match their status.

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As a result, current configurations do not adequately prevent piracy,” the company explains.

Verifying Rights

Disney argues that by implementing a secure blockchain-based system, the distribution process can be more tightly controlled. Among other things, it will make it impossible for a movie to be played before it arrives at the intended location.

“In contrast with previous configurations, the blockchain configuration verifies that the content is received at the intended destination prior to allowing playback of the content at that destination,” the patent reads.

The system can also be configured with other anti-piracy features.

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Needless to say, when users try to upload files that are owned by others, they will be blocked from doing so.

DISH believes that its system fixes shortcomings in the current anti-piracy landscape which is expensive and inefficient.

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“The facility connects and unifies participants–creators, content owners, distributors and other network participants–across the world and standardizes the anti-piracy protocol. It eliminates the cost of complexity and redefines the traditional boundaries of the anti-piracy industry,” DISH notes.

While this all sounds positive, it’s not clear how this will work in practice. For one, DISH would have to unite many major tech companies and competitors to adopt its system, which will be a challenge.

That aside, one has to wonder about practicality.

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Right on time, it seems.

The broadcaster notes that “millennials” and the “next generation” are increasingly turning their backs on the traditional bundle service system, opting for less-costly alternatives instead.

These cheaper alternatives include the consumption of unlicensed content on or through legitimate services including YouTube, Facebook, Telegram and many others.

“Over the past five years, content piracy has dramatically disrupted the media industry on a global scale and the decentralized nature is increasingly becoming more complex and difficult to manage and monitor,” DISH writes.

These legitimate platforms accept takedown notices and some even offer advanced copyright filters.

US-based broadcaster DISH Networks has put a lot of effort into tracking down outfits and individuals who distribute the company’s content without permission.

This has resulted in dozens of lawsuits through which the company won millions of dollars in damages. However, the piracy problem isn’t going away.

Behind the scenes, DISH continues to explore new options to tackle copyright infringement. This includes an entirely novel anti-piracy system where copyrighted content is managed and secured through a blockchain.

Blockchain Anti-Piracy Patent

The company summarized its idea in a patent application filed two years ago.
After going through all the necessary processes, the “anti-piracy management” patent is now officially granted.

As a result, current configurations do not adequately prevent piracy,” the company explains.

Verifying Rights

Disney argues that by implementing a secure blockchain-based system, the distribution process can be more tightly controlled. Among other things, it will make it impossible for a movie to be played before it arrives at the intended location.

“In contrast with previous configurations, the blockchain configuration verifies that the content is received at the intended destination prior to allowing playback of the content at that destination,” the patent reads.

The system can also be configured with other anti-piracy features.

Disney is one of the best known brands in the world and the owner of an impressive collection of movies and TV shows.

New and old releases earn the company a healthy stream of revenue, both in movie theaters and through its own movie streaming service Disney+.

While there is plenty of competition from other movie studios, Disney’s single biggest threat appears to be piracy. To tackle this issue, Disney’s in-house anti-piracy team works around the clock, and the company takes part in the ACE coalition as well.

Disney’s Blockchain Anti-Piracy Patent

Through these anti-piracy efforts, Disney has helped to take down dozens of piracy sites and services. However, the media giant is also trying to be more proactive.

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