By Neo Sesinye
Herman Lintvelt, Chief Technology Officer of Custos, a South African startup which embeds imperceptible bitcoin private keys in the digital files.
The modern-day pirate has a new target. By stealing original digital content like books and films, they rob hard-working creatives of their intellectual property and income.
To address this problem, masterminds at Stellenbosch University devised a solution to redefine the bounty hunter as we know it, by luring pirates with bitcoin in order to find out the source of the contraband material.
IT News Africa has a chance to chat with Herman Lintvelt, Chief Technology Officer of Custos, a South African startup which embeds imperceptible bitcoin private keys in the digital files.
What brought the idea of venturing into the industry and how was the industry like when you started out?
Before Custos there were two approaches to fighting piracy. The first was the widely hated hard DRM that attempts to block people from copying media by restricting their access. Unfortunately, all this technology has ever managed to do was to make the viewing experience worse for the user. A motivated pirate will always be able to crack the restrictions. The other approach was forensic watermarking.
Although forensic watermarking forms an essential part of our Click here to read entire article
Source:: IT News Africa