Stony Stevenson (954022) writes "Home gateway devices are being set up to identify video pirates. No, I dont' mean the guys with peg legs and parrots, but the dudes who illegally distribute copyright material. Meaning pretty much everyone with an ADSL2 connection and knowledge of bit torrent.
From the article: "Home gateway manufacturer Thomson SA plans to incorporate video watermarking technology into future set- top boxes and other video devices. The watermarks, unique to each device, will make it possible for investigators to identify the source of pirated videos."
By letting consumers know the watermarks are there, even if they can't see them, Thomson hopes to discourage piracy without putting up obstacles to activities widely considered fair use, such as copying video for use on another device in the home or while traveling to work."