JPEG images could be locked with DRM

Digital Rights Management could also come in JPEG images. The same controversial technology currently used to protect movies, music, and book copyright could one day be used to limit the use of images.

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DRM is referred to as one of the various technologies used to restrict the use of digital materials subject to copyright limitation. When you try to copy a music CD and your copy program stops, it is behind it DRM. When downloading content that can only be viewed or played on certain devices, then you are definitely under the watchful eye of DRM.

While the use of content subject to copyright is limited by the features of DRM technology, the world of photo sharing is still a wild west. Any photo you see on the web or elsewhere you can almost always save it on your computer and republish it anywhere else. But everything could change.

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (Electronic Boundary Foundation) states that the Commission JPEG - the team that decides on the future of de facto photo archive formats in the world - met in Brussels, Belgium yesterday and considered the proposal to add DRM to JPEG images.

While it could be a new method for photographers to protect the copyrights of their photos, the potential impact would be complicated.

Concerned about the proposal, EFF sent representatives to the JPEG meeting yesterday in Brussels and a presentation about it why it would be a bad idea to integrate DRM technology into JPEG files. The EFF argues that DRM will not work, will impair fair use, and will make standardization more difficult.

Although we are afraid of it, we hope we will not see our digital engagement once in such bureaucracy and policing gears.

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