New Sony DRM patent combats piracy by monitoring load times
From the looks of things, Sony is considering yet one more method of copy protection for its software. A patent, originally filed by the organization in 2011, surfaced today; one which points to new DRM technology, which determines legitimacy by comparing load times.
The technology is "A system and method for detecting piracy of a software product that is distributed on a particular media type is described. Embodiments of the invention track a title load time of a software product that is distributed on a particular media type, and compare it against a benchmark load time for that media type. This comparison is used to detect if the title may have been illegally transferred or pirated to another, unauthorized media type."
Essentially, the load time on a legally-purchased copy of a title will be used as a benchmark. If your title either loads too quickly or too slowly, alarm bells will start ringing.
Do note that there's no guarantee Sony will be turning this patent into anything tangible; a patent doesn't guarantee a future technology. After all, they've already held it for two years.
A gamer at heart, Nick started writing when he was a child. He holds a BA in English, works as a freelancer, and loves every minute of it. One day, he hopes to net himself a career in game design - but that's something for the future.
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