Video and the Internet

ArtistScope provides several solutions for protecting video.

Different solutions can be used depending on the author's experience, resources and the ultimate end use.

The solutions provided by ArtistScope have been designed to provide the most secure protection and they have evolved from user experience since 1998. Consequently these solutions are most effective and incomparable to other offerings. The first point to note is that these solutions are not available for amusement devices such as mobile phones, and that is because the Operating Systems (OS) that they use cannot support proper DRM or real copy protection. Our solutions are for Windows OS only and no compromise can be made that lessens the effectiveness that our clients depend upon.

What protection is necessary?

Video is popular entertainment. Everyone wants to watch video but no-one wants to pay for it so piracy is rife with an epidemic lack of respect for copyright or the livelihoods of those who worked to create that video.

Consequently the means of obtaining video are plentiful. In their plight to be popular, browser makers have provided every means at their disposal for saving and copying video online. Also, too many  software developers include video grabbers and capture tools as promotional gifts. Consequently, the avenues for obtaining and/or pirating video online are numerous and every author/distributor needs to be aware of the points of vulnerability:

Video Piracy

Producing full feature films can cost millions of dollars. Even simple tutorials can cost several hundred dollars to produce. They can be distributed on a per sale basis or as part of a training course, providing access on a per user basis, without the right to copy or redistribute.

But that is not the way it works in the real world, and anything not protected is considered fair game by everyone, preferring to not only enjoy video for free and illegally, but claim such piracy as their god given right. No-one cares about the video producers earning a living or even recouping costs. The only  solution is to copy protect the video in such a way that it cannot be shared or copied.

Unauthorized sharing

Sharing and unauthorized distribution is made possible when a video is not protected by secure DRM to properly restrict who can view the video. Bandwidth theft is the term that describes the illegal linking to graphic images on another site. Usernames and passwords can be shared, so only by using computer identification can an author be sure that only the intended viewer is allowed. DRM employed by pseudo copy protect solutions can only differentiate by network address can change each time a user connects to the Internet and will be different between LAN, Modem and Wi-Fi connections. Consequently network addresses are next to useless to use for DRM and impossible to use when viewing offline.

It is only when using an ArtistScope algorithm based on computer hard drive serial number can computer identification be unique, consistent and impossible to exploit. Using Computer ID as the defining factor between users, ArtistScope can provide the most secure DRM for both online and offline viewing.

PrintScreen

All content displayed on a computer screen can be captured and downloaded to a viewer's computer by simply pressing the PrintScreen button on the keyboard.

By doing this, a snapshot of the whole or part of the screen is captured at the user's monitor resolution, usually 72 to 96 dots per inch (dpi). When captured at such resolution, the images are suitable for use in any computer project and at no less quality than the original.

By using ASPS or CopySafe solutions PrintScreen can be prevented.

Screen Recording

Screen recording software, although useful as design tools for legitimate intentions, can also be used to record on-screen video and animations without the authorization or knowledge of the author.

By using ASPS or CopySafe solutions screen recording can be prevented.

Unauthorized Linking

The very nature of the language of web pages means most content on the web can be linked to from another web site. Such unauthorized linking occurs when a user links to your video and displays it within a frameset on their their web page without your consent.

The result of such action is that the unauthorized user is giving the appearance that the legal owner of the image consents to this link and is endorsing the activities of that site.

By using ASPS they cannot get the links that you use. When using CopySafe Web links cannot be protected because the HTML in he web page source code is not encrypted, but by streaming the video via a "media server" instead of using normal resource links, can protect the source of your video.

Spider and Grab Utilities

File grabbers can spider all links on a page to retrieve a list of all connected pages and the media locations on them. On an unprotected website this means that the user can gain a list every item on your website, save them to disk and use them without even visiting your website.

'Grab' programs are also available that will locate and download all the files in a folder to which it is directed. This means that everything from your Applets and Java class files to your original images can be downloaded and utilized on the illegal user's website.

By using ASPS the links and media locations cannot be found.

Popular web browsers

Popular web browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and others have always been a hindrance to copy protection because in their plight to be popular, they have exposed web page content to exploitation, plagiarism and breaches of Copyright by purposely providing tools and functions for copy and save in every possible way. And today they are most useless because they cannot be used at all where real copy protection is applied. Now none of the popular web browsers support real plugins that can interact at system level. Instead they only support "simple" apps based on HTML and JavaScript which is useless for any secure application.

The ArtistScope web browser is the only web browser that supports real plugins and should be the only browser allowed to access your copy protected web pages.

Breach of Copyright

Copyright notices are too readily ignored.

Videos that are uploaded to the web with a copyright notice attached can still be copied or manipulated by an unauthorized user without the consent of the owner of the video. Even when a video owner notices a copyright breach, the difficulty of working in international jurisdictions means few video owners could police every breach of copyright.

The only way a copyright owner can limit their exposure to such breaches is to convert their video to a different format that can be protected while viewed in a proprietary viewer.

Who needs copy protection?

Anyone who creates content that is then displayed or distributed on the web can use an ArtistScope solution to protect their intellectual property rights from being compromised.

Remember that copy protection protects livelihoods.

What kind of copy protection does ArtistScope offer?

Depending on the media and scenario, different solutions are available from ArtistScope.

How to protect video while viewed online

Please see the ArtistScope Site Protection System (ASPS) as it is the most secure solution for copy protecting web pages and anything that can be displayed on them. Via the ArtistScope web browser pages cannot be saved, copied or exploited in any way, and when SSL is used packet sniffers are left with no clue.

ASPS does not include DRM because most sites already use a CMS solution for the creation of their pages. CMS usually already include sophisticated login features that can easily be modified to include computer validation. The ArtistScope browser can report the user's computer ID so that it can be recorded by the CMS and used to prevent shared logins.

How to protect video for offline viewing

Please see ArtistScope Portable Media (APM) which can be used to package and encrypt any type of media that can be displayed on web pages. APM runs on the user's computer as a mini web server so that web pages can be displayed while offline. Then you can use a copy protection solution that best suits the media being displayed. In the case of video you can use CopySafe Web to protect pages and their content from copy.

To further protect the APM archive from sharing, DRM can be applied via Tokens that the user can download while online, enabling them to later view the APM archive while offline. Once tokens have been collected for all APM archives the user no longer has a need to use an Internet connection to explore your APM archives.