Media and Technology

Content Protection for Publishers

Countering copyright infringement for books, music, and gaming.

For publishers of books, music, and games, the influence of digital has been felt well beyond media format and distribution. But it has also introduced new vulnerabilities.

Publishing remains a significant constituent of the media industry. Despite the change wrought by technology, book publishing is worth more than $100 billion and growing, gaming is twice its size, and music is valued at around $26 billion. While digital eBooks have proven popular, the physical format still accounts for over half of publishing revenues. Meanwhile, audiobooks are already worth $5 billion and are set to grow substantially.

Whether books, music, or gaming, digitization has changed consumer attitudes, industry dynamics, and even the nature of the content itself in some sectors.

Recreational titles are not alone in finding new formats and frontiers. Academic publishing has moved online, as professional books and other specialist content has been digitized. Of course, music was one of the first sectors to confront digital, with streaming now accounting for more than 65% of revenues. But perhaps most notable has been the growth in gaming, with its penetration of mobile devices and adoption of subscription models.

Digital vulnerabilities can also mean bad news for content publishers.

But growth creates opportunities for bad actors to take advantage. Piracy has never been far from the publishing industry, and not just in music. Its effects are felt in gaming, where pirates gather community followings, and recreational publishing is under threat from hundreds of thousands of acts of piracy daily. Some publishers face unique challenges that echo their unique content, as in the case of the academic press and online plagiarism.

OpSec offers a comprehensive response to most forms of copyright infringement.

  • Leading proponents in countering P2P piracy.
    OpSec protects digital content from peer-to-peer (P2P) piracy, which has uniquely specific requirements for enforcement. We combine operational knowledge, such as processes required to mitigate P2P piracy, with advanced technologies and artificial intelligence. This allows us to monitor widely for potential copyright infringements and react quickly when bad actors are discovered, by expediting takedowns.

  • Creating unique solutions to unique problems.
    Publishers face some unusual challenges that demand novel solutions. One such issue is academic aid sites, which can be appropriated as platforms for piracy. For this, we can develop bespoke solutions, using lists of at-risk questions, up to many thousands of textbook questions, to discover and gather evidence of content misuse. From there, we are able to remove infringements and ensure they are unlikely to reappear.

  • Preventing the discovery of pirated content.
    As well as removing copyright infringements, we also make it difficult to find pirated content. Our search delisting technology searches in over sixty languages to discover and suppress links to pirated content that are served up by search engines. Our methods also include long-term campaigns against known offenders. We can decrease their search rankings and make them harder to find, even when searched for by name.

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