oftware giant Microsoft is looking to use the ethereum blockchain to combat digital piracy by relying on the network’s transparent and decentralized nature, according to a new paper released by the firm’s research department.

The Redmond-based company is exploring a new concrete system named Argus, which Microsoft dubbed as the “first public anti-piracy system.”

In the 11-page paper, Microsoft – together with researchers from Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba and Carnegie Mellon University – laid out the design, implementation, and evaluation of the new system.

CoinTelegraph was the first to report on the initiative.