NBC Universal has been awarded an anti-piracy patent which aims to track files being shared by groups via peer-to-peer networks in real time.
According to Gadgets360, NBC’s patent is titled “Early detection of high volume peer-to-peer swarms”, and will help the company take anti-piracy measures before it is “too late to do much good”.
“The system can include a pre-processing section for conditioning the swarm data for the analytics section,” stated the patent.
“There can also be a verification section that confirms that the peer download file matches the target file.”
“The early detection provides for enhanced anti-piracy efforts, improved allocation of network resources, and better business decision making.”