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McAfee Patents Tech That Detects, Blocks Pirated Content

By - Source: TorrentFreak | B 33 comments

McAfee is looking to reduce both the amount of piracy and the number of related malware threats.

TorrentFreak reports that security software firm McAfee has patented technology that detects and blocks pirated content. This anti-piracy system expands on the company's SiteAdvisor tool, and will prevent users from downloading copyrighted media from any website while presenting them with authorized and legal alternatives.

"For example, a user might be likely to visit an inappropriate distribution site when sent a message containing a link or when search results from a search engine query identify a plurality of distributors for a requested movie, song, book, etc.," reads the patent's abstract. "By informing a user of illegal sources and possible alternatives, a user can obtain the desired electronic distribution without violating an author's intellectual property rights."

The patent, called "Detect and prevent illegal consumption of content on the Internet", was filed in October 4, 2012 and made public on April 18, 2013. It works by intercepting an URL the user enters into the browser and sending it to an intermediary server. This URL is analyzed and compared to information about other web sites, and then the server responds with information about the URL and alternative downloads. If the address is clean, then the user is allowed to move forward.

McAfee's attempt to curb piracy is an obvious move to reduce the number of malware and virus threats stemming from laced downloads. McAfee also states that this method will help customers avoid legal risks that could arise from inadvertently or purposely downloading copyrighted content.

"One major reason for concern is possible violation of an Intellectual Property right and the potential cost ramifications associated with such a violation," the company explains. "A second major concern could relate to potential threats cause by some unauthorized distributions. For example, it is not uncommon for an unauthorized distribution of material on the Internet to include malicious material."

Of course, consumers will actually need to install the software first to protect themselves from their pirating tendencies. McAfee suggests that the tech be incorporated into its SiteAdvisor tool for consumers and business clients. Threats can be detected in both public search engines, and those used within social networks like Facebook.

For businesses, this would be ideal for preventing employees from inadvertently or directly consuming illegal content while on the clock. However McAfee's anti-piracy efforts may not be quite so successful on a voluntary consumer level. That said, if the patent is approved, there's a good chance this system will silently become an included feature in the company's existing and upcoming security products.

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    Dupontrocks11 , April 29, 2013 6:05 AM
    Oh no! I'll have to stop using McAfee security! Just kidding I don't use McAfee...
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    drwho1 , April 29, 2013 6:43 AM
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    Of course, consumers will actually need to install the software first to protect themselves from their pirating tendencies.

    LOL good luck with that
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    guanyu210379 , April 29, 2013 6:21 AM
    McAfee is the best antivirus you can find out there...honestly!
    McAfee will block any virus or malware or whatever without any failure
    It will suceed to block everything...I mean everything...
    Setting the proc always to high load so that none will run anymore...no virus...no malware...not even...your normal software...your OS too will be blocked
    Now...it is adding new feature...blocking pirated products or items which it thinks they are pirated...
    McAfee is always be my best and favorite security products...it blocks everyting including YOU!
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  • 34 Hide
    Dupontrocks11 , April 29, 2013 6:05 AM
    Oh no! I'll have to stop using McAfee security! Just kidding I don't use McAfee...
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    falchard , April 29, 2013 6:06 AM
    You can always look at the positive. The anti-piracy groups now must license software that checks for pirated content.
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    bubu2013 , April 29, 2013 6:07 AM
    @dupon , do u know who owns Mcafee?
    Unfortunately they'll make u .
  • 15 Hide
    santeana , April 29, 2013 6:14 AM
    lol Good luck McAfee
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    bubu2013 , April 29, 2013 6:19 AM
    @dupon , do u know who owns Mcafee?
    Unfortunately they'll make u .
  • 21 Hide
    guanyu210379 , April 29, 2013 6:21 AM
    McAfee is the best antivirus you can find out there...honestly!
    McAfee will block any virus or malware or whatever without any failure
    It will suceed to block everything...I mean everything...
    Setting the proc always to high load so that none will run anymore...no virus...no malware...not even...your normal software...your OS too will be blocked
    Now...it is adding new feature...blocking pirated products or items which it thinks they are pirated...
    McAfee is always be my best and favorite security products...it blocks everyting including YOU!
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    athulajp , April 29, 2013 6:30 AM
    I hope McAfee will just keep this patent and never share it with anyone. Can you imagine that? No one else will have a good way to block pirated content, all you have to do is not have McAfee AV and you can pirate all you want(which I do not endorse or participate in).
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    drwho1 , April 29, 2013 6:43 AM
    Quote:
    Of course, consumers will actually need to install the software first to protect themselves from their pirating tendencies.

    LOL good luck with that
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    NeeKo , April 29, 2013 6:58 AM
    Who on earth would use this?
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    JohnUSA , April 29, 2013 7:02 AM
    McAfee is a very poor, irritating, horrible and abysmal security software.
    I am a professional PC expert and I never recommend this software to any of my clients.
    Luckily even the free security software are better than McAfee.
    Stay away from this garbage software.
    Never use it.
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    JohnUSA , April 29, 2013 7:03 AM
    McAfee is a very poor, irritating, horrible and abysmal security software.
    I am a professional PC expert and I never recommend this software to any of my clients.
    Luckily even the free security software are better than McAfee.
    Stay away from this garbage software.
    Never use it.
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    SvRommelvS , April 29, 2013 7:09 AM
    So now, as long as a user does not employee McAfee, no one can detect if he or she has pirated material. And since this will doubtlessly lead to a long and drawn out court case when no company (e.g. Sony) wants to pay Intel's patent license, all users not on Intel OS will have to wait through an inevitable injunction while whatever vague language exists in this filing is examined by the courts before they are forced to have piracy-detection on their machines. And Intel doesn't have an OS! This means it will take longer for this type of enforcement appears.
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    SvRommelvS , April 29, 2013 7:25 AM
    So now, as long as a user does not employee McAfee, no one can detect if he or she has pirated material. And since this will doubtlessly lead to a long and drawn out court case when no company (e.g. Sony) wants to pay Intel's patent license, all users not on Intel OS will have to wait through an inevitable injunction while whatever vague language exists in this filing is examined by the courts before they are forced to have piracy-detection on their machines. And Intel doesn't have an OS! This means it will take longer for this type of enforcement appears.
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    Lachezar Tsochev , April 29, 2013 7:48 AM
    Heh, imagine the database of pirate content McAfee would have at their disposal *_*
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    halcyon , April 29, 2013 7:50 AM
    I work for the US Federal Gov't. We use McAfee on the desktop. ...unfortunately. However, I'd be dishonest if I didn't admit that it is not as intrusive as it used to be. Like most things it can be configured to be more or less of a headache. Out of the box? Not good, not good at all.
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    jonyah , April 29, 2013 7:51 AM
    In order words, "McAfee has found a way to get people to stop pirating their software." Move along, nothing to see here guys. No one with any amount of education uses McAfee anyway.
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    serendipiti , April 29, 2013 7:53 AM
    Another patent troll.
    I will patent going by foot to get milk at the supermarket.
    Probably the remedy will be worst than the illness.
    What about "Man In The Middle" ?
    What about if my URL is a proper one, will I have any way of getting through this censorship ?
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    QEFX , April 29, 2013 8:43 AM
    "For businesses, this would be ideal for preventing employees from inadvertently or directly consuming illegal content while on the clock. "
    Great! Now I'm being clock blocked at work too.
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    g00fysmiley , April 29, 2013 9:48 AM
    I can't even begin to count the number of pc's i have fixed that come with macafee full of malware and barelyt runing. I always start the fixing procedure by deleting mcafee and installing a real antimalware program. sadly most corpoerations and govt entities use norton or mcafee so i can see this being put on alot of people's work computers
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    hoofhearted , April 29, 2013 10:05 AM
    Yet another reason NOT to use McAfee. Others: Owner just recently got busted for murder. This crapware tries to sneak in with Java updates (unless you opt out).
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