ASPS and CopySafe Video Comparison

The ArtistScope Site Protection Software (ASPS) and the Copysafe Video Protection software are both most effective at protecting video from all copy while displayed online from web pages. In fact there are no other comparable solutions but there are notable differences between these two solutions which we discuss here in order of importance to the average video publisher.

Video Copy Protection

There are no differences in the effectiveness of the copy protection provided by either solution. They both most effectively prevent all screenshots, screen recording, save and downloads of video that is displayed on web pages. However there is a difference in that while both solutions protect video displayed online, Copysafe Video can also be used to copy protect video distributed for offline viewing, on the user's desktop with or without the additional protection of DRM to prevent sharing.

Video Watermarking

CopySafe Video 7.0 includes watermarking as an option that can display the user's details for easy identification. Plugins are available for WordPress, Moodle, Joomla and Drupal that provide the user's ID, name and date if they are logged on, and if not, their IP address and date is used.

Watermarking is also possible with ASPS because HTML5 video can be used and watermarks can be added to the HTML5 video player using CSS. If using a CMS like WordPress, Moodle, etc you should be able to find player plugins that add watermarks. For ASPS licensees ArtistScope provides a custom video player plugin that disables fullscreen save/download options and can overlay a watermark using the details of the logged in user, namely their member ID, name and date. If not logged in, then their IP address and date are used for the watermark.

Demos for both solutions can be seen online at

Video DRM

DRM or Digital Rights Management is really about "user rights" and permissions to open and view media. DRM is about user rights and it has nothing to do with "copy protection" which is the prevention of copy after a file has been opened and on view. DRM can include all sorts of limitations with simple password protection being referred to as DRM. Our DRM goes way further than password protection with more options and  limitations on the computers being used to access the media. By recognizing each user by their unique computer signature, our DRM can most effectively prevent the sharing of files and their passwords. That way, if a video author publishes video for select users then only those users will be able to open and view the video, and should one send a copy to 1,000 other users, then none will be able to open and view unless they also have the author's permission. Our DRM is managed by server requests and can cater for both online (live requests) or offline by way of a token file which the user can download from their DRM account pages.

Here the difference is most notable because while CopySafe Video can be viewed away from a website (not online) it only provides DRM options for desktop viewing.

DRM options are not available for media displayed on web pages because today most web sites are using a CMS like WordPress or Moodle which already have user login management that can conflict with DRM and only frustrate the average website owner.

But how to apply DRM to web pages and prevent members from sharing logins? Well that is something best applied per website by your web designer who will hopefully know how to modify a database and customize login scripts. But when you have that, it does get easier because the ArtisBrowser will provide the unique user identification for you to log and manage.

OS and Device Support

First point to note here is that CopySafe Video requires the use of a Windows desktop computer. Mac users can run Windows via Bootcamp or Parallels but there is no mobile phone support. Those who do use the CopySafe solutions do so for the level of protection that is available to Windows.

With ASPS there are no OS limitations as protected pages can be viewed while using the ArtisBrowser which is available for Windows, Mac, Android and iPhone devices. However site owners can elect to only allow Windows and Mac computers if they consider that mobile devices may be exploitable and a risk.

Server Requirements

If your website is on a shared hosting server then you will be limited to using CopySafe Video which can be used on any webpage hosted anywhere. In contrast ASPS requires the installation of software below the root level of a website and thus requires the permissions and rights to install at system level which will only be available with dedicated or virtual servers.

For anyone considering website protection a virtual server is the way to go and today virtual hosting can be most economical with basic plans starting at $10/month and less. A virtual server will also enable more bandwidth to your website where it won't be affected by a 1,000 other websites and spikes in peak hour traffic.

Video Processing and Encoding

Before uploading videos for use with CopySafe Video Protection, the video files need to be encrypted for the website that is displaying them, which can be a chore when considering that videos displayed on ASPS protected web pages do not need to be encrypted. With CopySafe Video one must use the proprietary HTML for embedding the player on web pages. However if using one of the popular CMS like WordPress, Moodle, Drupal, Joomla or DNN, ArtistScope do provide plugins and add-ons that can be installed and run from their page editors.

With ASPS you can use any type of video file and any embedded player that you like. For example if you are using WordPress then you will have a score of video plugins to choose from. If using a streaming service like Vimeo the user can disable MSE in ArtisBrowser preferences.

Video Decryption and Buffering

On modern computers file size is rarely a problem when viewing locally, but when viewing online, download speed and delay comes into play, especially where encrypted files are concerned because normal video can be "buffered" which enables some of the video to play before the rest is downloaded. Encryption complicates that, and even after re-inventing the wheel and decrypting in chunks which can actually enable larger files to start play before smaller files, we find that it can cause a loss of synchronization between picture and sound.

Consequently Copysafe Video which needs to decrypt the video before displaying it is affected by buffering as described above. But ASPS is not affected because you can display raw video in any video file format that is hosted anywhere. If that video is hosted on a Media Server all the better because the server will monitor the user's connection and delver the video at the bitrate and quality to suit their download speed.

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See Them Both Online

Examples of ASPS and Copysafe Video displaying protected video on web pages can be seen online at For the ASPS examples look under the Site Protection menu. For Copysafe Video see under the Copy Protect Video menu.