and leading developer of access rights and copy protection
solutions since 1998, ArtistScope provides software for securing
all types of media with the option of total control over who can
view it and how. Depending on whether you want to protect web pages or documents and the extent of your reader's access entitlements, you have a choice of several solutions.
ArtistScope software is innovative and the industry standard for copy
protection, providing the most secure and most robust
copy protection options possible. It is the solution of choice by the
military, government, telecoms and many other industries
worldwide where the protection of intellectual property and
sensitive information is critical.
origin of ArtistScope can also be said to be the origin of copy
protection for the Internet, because before ArtistScope, copy protection for images or web pages
did not exist.
William Kent, an artist and graphic designer for almost 30
years, was representing other artists who were interested in
exhibiting online but were concerned about the lack of protection
that was available
for their artworks. At that time, there was no solution
available to prevent images from being saved from a web page. From extensive research the only
information that William could find
that was even related was a found in a University paper
that was speculating about the possibility of vetting links to images
using a server side script. During the time, no such script had
been created. It was only wishful thinking.
So the task of finding a solution to prevent image copy was put
to programmers of diverse specialties worldwide, but they all
concluded that such a thing was impossible.
The first methods that William developed hid an image from mouse
saves by displaying it as a table background instead of an image
mouse over. Unfortunately layers were not supported in all
browsers at that time, and table backgrounds could still be
obtained, which necessitated a better solution was needed. Then image encryption
was developed using Java for its all-round platform and browser
support. Secure Image was released as the first solution for
copy protecting images on web pages. Soon after a Perl script
known as Link Protect was distributed as the first solution for
the prevention of unauthorized linking and bandwidth theft.
In 1998 the ArtistScope Company was founded to further the
research and development of solutions to protect the artist's
livelihood. The next development was
Secure Image which provided image encryption for use on web
pages. Secure Image was a major innovation for the Internet and
it was featured as such in many graphics and printing magazines
anything that offered security rwas short-lived because if there
were a way of getting around it, it was soon broadcast for all to know.
In those days less than 2% of Internet users knew what the Print
button could be used for. In fact very few graphic artists knew
about the Print Screen button and the screen capture software did not exist
then. That was soon changed by scores of software developers
who began peddling screen capture software, making image piracy
easier and more difficult to prevent.
So the next challenge was to prevent screen capture and in 1999,
ArtistScope released CopySafe,
finally closing the door on screen capture and providing a solution to thwart those who would
profit from the intellectual property of others.
CopySafe has since been integrated into all sorts of web
applications and document distribution. To further enhance the
copy protection of documents, which can be circulated without an
author's authorization, ArtistScope re-invented DRM by doing
away with the usual token system. It has replaced with live
validation of a user's rights to access a document and how that
document can be viewed/printed, giving authors total control
with immediate effect over any changes even with documents that
may have already been downloaded.
ArtistScope's latest development and possibly the ultimate
solution for all copy protection needs is a new browser.
ArtistScope Web Reader is the only web browser designed for and
dedicated to the copy protection of web pages and embedded
"We know the technology, we know the customer, and we know the
audience. Our systems are the most secure and are affordable;
and we stay apace with those who seek ways to get around
ArtistScope is also the main sponsor of The International Art
Contest which it founded in 1998 as a window into world art for
career reference. The International Art Contest is most unique in
that its winners are decided by the contestants themselves with
being chosen first prize by one's peers as the highest accolade.
ArtistScope has been a contributing member to many software
associations over the years and was recently invited to join the
Organization of Independent Software Vendors.