In recent years streaming piracy has become a popular pastime for millions of people. A lot of this takes place through ‘rogue’ websites or dedicated pirate devices, which are often scolded by the movie industry. The problem is not limited to unauthorized platforms alone though, as the ”trusted” Windows App Store is full of widely used pirate apps as well.
Technology giant Microsoft has obtained a patent to block objectionable content from being shared and to identify repeat offenders. The company mentions copyright infringement as one of the areas where it can be applied, particularly in cases where files are publicly shared. What to do with these repeat offenders remains open for debate.