Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/10/24

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Subject: [Leica] Copyrights and posted photos
From: abridge at (Adam Bridge)
Date: Sun Oct 24 12:32:52 2004

A bit of photoshopping and you can remove any copyright notice that's
been inserted into an image. The bigger you make the notice the more
it detracts from the final image. Ultimately, if you can see an image
on your screen you can make a copy of it, pixel for pixel on your
computer either using the native utilities in the machine or a piece
of 3rd party software to evade any protection mechanisms.

You CAN (or used to be able to) add a digital watermark to your image
that wasn't visible but which provided a unique fingerprint so you
could point to an image, even when it was seriously manipulated,
scaled etc, and demonstrate that it was yours. I think this process
also degraded the image.

In the digital world once you've put something on the web and made it
visible it's like tossing it out into the winds. Like music, people
feel totally free to take anything they want since we all know that
"intellectual property" is of no value: art belongs to everyone for

Now what value an image of, say 800 x 560 pixels might have isn't
clear -- but it would be at least annoying to have it purloined
without asking permission.

In the United States if someone is using your copyrighted images
without your permission you can invoke the DMCA. Out of the United
States...good luck. If they're in China they are probably national
heros for snarfing them.


Replies: Reply from rangefinder at (Didier Ludwig) ([Leica] Copyrights and posted photos/thievery)