Russian anti-virus vendor Dr. Web rolled out a new feature that blocks the users’ access to alleged copyright infringing websites. The firm has opened its doors to takedown requests from rights holders, and the software would block access to pirated files if the claims prove to be legitimate.
Dr. Web is installed on millions of devices around the globe.
The new feature is included in its anti-virus suite designed to block copyright-infringing content. This addition is available in the most recent patch of Dr. Web 9.0.
Unlike some features that other anti-virus vendors suggested, Dr. Web would not use algorithms.Instead, it would rely completely on the reports of copyright holders and the legitimacy of these claims.
‘No problem to block URLs’
The company’s chief exec Boris Sharov said, “Antivirus products have a built-in web-filtering system, therefore it’s no problem to block URLs. In the parental control module many malicious URLs have already been blocked for years.”
“It is not our goal to include as many URLs in the database as possible. We just want copyright holders to know that there is a service for them in Dr. Web products,” added the CEO.