Custos is the first company in the world to use blockchain technology to catch digital pirates.

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BACKGROUND

Custos Media Technologies was spun out of the prestigious MIH Media Lab at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, in 2013. The underlying technology was invented by an experienced cross-disciplinary team specialising in signal processing, distribution systems, cryptocurrency, machine learning, and media and behavioural economics. Since then the team has grown to include various experts in the fields of watermarking technology, the economics of piracy, and the use of decentralised systems and the Bitcoin blockchain.

In early 2016, Custos launched the first version of its product, that is now called Screener Copy. Custos needed a way to demonstrate the blockchain tracking technology that it developed and patented. The first version of Screener Copy had very basic functionality: Users could upload their movies, Custos would watermark it with the Custos tracking technology, and then send out the copies to the intended recipients. Since then, Custos has developed a full stack of modular products that can be combined to meet the needs of a range of media customers in different markets and regions.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

G-J van Rooyen · CEO

G-J holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering, specialised in signal processing. He founded and directed the MIH Media Lab, a cross-disciplinary research lab focused on pre-commercial MediaTech applications. He has been involved in the cryptocurrency space since 2013 and advises businesses and government agencies on blockchain regulation and blockchain for media.

Fred Lutz · COO

Fred completed his Master’s degree in Economics, focused on media piracy, while founding Custos. During his studies, he founded and ran a blockchain consultancy for a year. He is now an expert on the economics of piracy, with a specific focus on the intra-community incentive structures.

Herman Lintvelt · CTO

Herman holds an Honors degree in Computer Science. He founded Polymorph Systems, a development house that specialises in mobile and IoT applications. After exiting Polymorph, he became the head of product at LifeQ, a biometrics technology startup, where he managed the development of software and hardware products.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

G-J van Rooyen
CEO

G-J holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering, specialised in signal processing. He founded and directed the MIH Media Lab, a cross-disciplinary research lab focused on pre-commercial MediaTech applications. He has been involved in the cryptocurrency space since 2013 and advises businesses and government agencies on blockchain regulation and blockchain for media.

Fred Lutz
COO

Fred completed his Master’s degree in Economics, focused on media piracy, while founding Custos. During his studies, he founded and ran a blockchain consultancy for a year. He is now an expert on the economics of piracy, with a specific focus on the intra-community incentive structures.

Herman Lintvelt
CTO

Herman holds an Honors degree in Computer Science. He founded Polymorph Systems, a development house that specialises in mobile and IoT applications. After exiting Polymorph, he became the head of product at LifeQ, a biometrics technology startup, where he managed the development of software and hardware products.

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