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Sony anti-piracy patent published

A Sony patent application for a system which aims to combat piracy by comparing the load times of media such as video games has been published

The application, number 13/212019, describes a “method for validating legitimate media products”. It can be applied to digital games as well as physical media.Sony patent app # 13/212019

The system initially compares two load times against a standard for the media. If the load time is within an “acceptable range”, the media will play.

If not, the system will launch a “secondary validation” stage, in which “user identification information” and the product’s serial number are referenced against the manufacturer’s data. This stage is designed to reduce the chance of the product mistakenly being flagged as pirated media due to errors caused by hardware issues.

The publication number is 20130047267. The application was filed in August 2011 and it was published on Thursday.

Now Gamer noted that “the patent's surfacing is interesting, with PS4 announced last week”.

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