You can’t bust a crime that you don’t know about. Just like you can’t remove a link or file that you don’t know exists.
Which brings us to MUSO, an anti-piracy company that feels it has discovered a better way to detect illegal content online. MUSO is now preparing to release a browser plug-in that it feels will dramatically lower the amount of piracy online through ‘crowdsourced detection’.
This is basically about finding billions more nooks-and-crannies in a more effective manner. “MUSO already searches over four billion web pages to find illegal files on behalf of our clients, but the new plug-in tool could help us look through billions more,” MUSO Technical Director James Mason told Digital Music News.
“If every employee at every record or media company downloads this plugin, if every artist concerned who has experienced piracy of their own music spreads the message to their fans about the plugin, then we could see a wide reaching application and positive effect for rights holders.”
Here are the details, per MUSO:
(1) The plugin will be free to download from muso.com, and will immediately send suspect links back to the MUSO database.
This happens when the plugin hits a webpage that contains illegal content, plain and simple.
(2) Cyberlockers, and similar download sites, do not generally allow direct searching.
Therefore, links are often found through search engines, forums and blog sites that link back to the cyberlocker. That makes this a better method for finding these embedded links.
(3) MUSO says privacy is not a concern, as the plug does not collect any user information or details on web-surfing habits.
“The plugin simply searches any webpages they are on for links to cyberlockers and torrents as the user goes about their general internet usage. A report bar will show the user how many files have been found and submitted to the MUSO database.”
(4) MUSO says aggressive anti-piracy is working.
“As the debate of internet freedom and piracy rages on, the music industry continues to see declining album sales year on year, but MUSO are seeing robust anti-piracy strategies are having a positive effect on their clients’ sales. Working with major names in the music and film industry, MUSO have seen tangible results of the positive effect their work is having.”
MUSO did not specify a launch date for the ‘Assist Browser Plug-In,’ but Chrome will be first on the list. IE and Firefox then follow. We’ll have more screenshots of the plug-in, hopefully this week.