Online piracy has proved to be a bane of self-published authors as much as it is for almost any digital content be it music, films, software and so on. fortunately, its not a one sided affair thanks to the efforts of London based company that has launched the new MUSO anti piracy browser plugin that is designed to track down illegal copies of the original work.
One of the inherent benefits of the MUSO plug-in is that it works 24X7 and scans billions of web sites in its search for illegal copies. The system sends back the website links to its own central database once it comes across a site linking to an illegal content. Users also need not fear about chances of the software collecting any of the personal data of the users or prying on their web browsing trend.
“A key area of anti-piracy is to constantly be seeking out the hottest new illegal file sharing sites. While we already automate this discovery process, in addition to crowd-sourcing this data from our users, this plug-in would take this crowd-sourcing process to the next level,” exclaims James Mason, the Technical director of MUSO.
With this being its central theme of operations, it’s hardly surprising for the application to come to the rescue to the hundreds of self published authors who needed a way to secure their online content. The company already counts among its clients such names as Melissa Marr (writer of Wicked Lovely and Graveminder) and Shiloh Walker (author of Fragile and If You Hear Her), as well as major publishing companies such as Meulenhoff and INscribe Digital who rely on MUSO to tackle piracy.
The results has been encouraging too, with ‘Marr having seen 946 illegal copies of her books removed from torrents and cyberlockers, and a further 883 removed from Google, whilst Walker saw 826 illegal copies of her books removed from torrents and cyberlockers, with 398 also removed from Google.’
Online piracy has always been a hot topic of discussion thanks to those who oppose and support the trend.