Russian Anti-virus to Filter Pirate PortalsAdded: Sunday, February 16th, 2014
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Popular Russian anti-virus software Dr.
Web has recently introduced a new feature preventing Internet users from accessing allegedly copyright infringing websites.
The company is accepting takedown requests from rights owners and is responding by blocking access to pirated content when claims are proved legitimate.
Many years ago the anti-piracy outfits like the RIAA and MPAA started warning people not to visit The Pirate Bay and other websites providing access to pirated content.
They claim that such services pose a threat to the public, and Russian anti-virus company Dr. Web follows their recommendations.
Dr. Web, whose anti-virus products are installed on millions of computers across the globe, has added a new feature to its package that allows blocking copyright-infringing files.
It is included in the latest release of Dr. Web 9.0 and is recognized as the first of its kind.
Unlike blocklists created by other entities, Dr. Web’s database of pirate sites is built based on reports from rights owners.
Those submit takedown notices to the company, and Dr. Web will then block access to the websites if the claims hold up.
Dr. Web’s CEO sees the new feature as a natural extension of anti-virus products.
He explained that their products have a built-in web-filtering system, and can easily block websites. It is not a secret that in the parental control module many malicious URLs have been blocked for a while now.
The new feature allows to not just prevent piracy, but also to minimize security risks for users.
The company believes that copyright protection is not only about blocking some URLs – actually, the new feature is in the line of anti-virus main functionality, because it warns Internet users about possible fraud when they access a copyright-infringing portal.
Dr. Web explains that ordinary users are sometimes unable to distinguish infringing files from legitimate ones, and this may cause all kinds of troubles.
A number of rights holders have already submitted takedown requests to the company recently, and more are going to do the same in the near future.
Nevertheless, Dr. Web says it will not necessarily block all pirated material. The company has just launched the service and confirms that there are some rights owners who asked to block infringing websites.
Dr. Web points out that it isn’t their main goal to block as many websites as possible – they just want to inform rights owners that there’s such a service for them.
The company emphasized that URLs would only be added to the database upon request from copyright owners, and Dr. Web team won’t use algorithms to detect and block infringing material, like McAfee recently suggested.
Rights owners interested in the feature can send requests to Dr. Web through its Brand Protection page. As for the Internet users who prefer an unfiltered Internet, they have an option to disable this feature manually.
Perhaps, other anti-virus vendors will follow this example in the future.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
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Sunday, February 16th, 2014
|I think no one wants this anti-virus coz everybody likes pirates. lol|
|posted by (2014-02-16 05:39:27)|
|OMG your kidding me who is going to remove Dr Web from their computers and run away fast; no Dr on my computers.|
|why not put a pair of garden shears in the box with the product and have people cut all their fingers off.....WALA!!! no more pirateing....well theyd just use there nubs probly lol ....thanks for the aricles as always|
|ill slap all of you|
|This must be the Russians equivalent of a government whitelist,I suppose anything to get consumers to believe it worked as an Anti-virus,probably by blocking 60% of websites it may reduce some chances of getting a virus but a real half decent anti virus would stop infection not just block you from going to sites with the potential of getting one.|
|Relying on the old adage an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure,this type of logic may work in a medical sense, but not necessarily in a computing sense. (:^D)|
|I BET THY DL MOVIES GAMES AMD MUSIC WE NOT DUMD|
|The company is signing it's own death sentence. Nobody wants a piece of software policing what they do on the internet. If they block every site that the MPAA or RIAA accuse of containing infringing content; there would only be 2 websites you would be able to go to. The RIAA and MPAA sites...|
What they will do is cause people uninstall or disable the software to get around the false "security risk"; putting them at more risk. Many of the anti-virus companies quarantine keygens and cracks that are perfectly safe. I regularly have to turn off my AV software to prevent this.
It would seem to me that blocking content based on what it is rather than what it contains is a stupid idea.
|Wishful thinking. The amount of technically illiterate users will prevent that||
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