By posting any media such as images, documents and video, you are literally sharing it with the public for anyone to freely use and redistribute without limitation. But
image protect software and website protection software can be used to limit and even prevent all such exploitation and provide control over who can share that media and data, and also control how and when.
First, let's look at images which is the most commonly used media format. Everyone has images and shares them with friends, clients and the public both online and for desktop viewing offline. But once an image is on another user's computer after viewing it by email or otherwise, or published online and displayed on a web page, without some form of copy protection you have no control over how that image may be used or who can view it.
Now for images there are a lot of options that may seem like a good protection solution for viewing on the desktop, such as zipping them with password protection. But the images are not protected once they are unpacked (unzipped) and passwords can be shared so there is no prevention of copy or unauthorized distribution at all. But distributing them as encrypted files and protecting them with DRM to prevent sharing would be a much better idea, right? In fact packaging them as a collection with an index and some dialogue would make your image collection much more presentable and easier to explore. It would also make distribution of your images easier so using a PDF protection solution can be the most viable option.
Everyone can create documents easily these days with all of the tools that are now available. For example on Windows one can use Microsoft Word which includes as standard a plugin for conversion to PDF. Mac and other operating systems will have similar tools and easy paths to PDF. So once that you have your PDF document, by using the CopySafe PDF Protection software you can encrypt your PDF for distribution by email, download or on disk. You can password protect it, but if you really want prevent unauthorized distribution and control sharing, you can apply DRM to the PDF document that will ensure that only those recipients that have your implicit permissions will have the right to open it.
For online viewing CopySafe PDF Protection can also encrypt PDF for display as an embedded object on web pages. Encrypted PDF that is domain locked to your web site will ensure that your PDF documents can only be viewed from your web site. Then all you need to do to restrict access to visitors of your choice is to use a CMS like WordPress that can require member status and a login before they see your documents and images. By using CopySafe PDF Protection software you can provide the most secure copy protection and access rights for images and all types of documents... because they can all be packaged and converted to PDF.
Alternatively, if your media is anything but PDF, you can use a website protection software like the ArtistScope Site Protection System (ASPS) which will copy protect anything and everything that can be displayed on a web page, including images and video and even the data (text) displayed on the page or pulled from database records. Web pages displayed via ASPS cannot be copied, saved, printed or scraped unless you allow it in the web page's meta-tags. The media and content displayed on the web page cannot be copied even when using PrintScreen or screen capture software, and the resource links for any media such as images and videos cannot be discovered by any means... not even from view of source code, browser cache or memory, or using packet sniffing software.
To control who can access and view your web pages can be managed by a membership system provided by a CMS such as WordPress, Moodle, Drupal and Joomla. In fact ArtistScope provide plugins and extensions for all of those CMS to easily manage ASPS protected web pages. So for web content you have it all covered... restricted access and the best copy protection ever imagined. To tighten your access control there is only one remaining thing to do if so desired, and that is apply real DRM to manage access rights.
Sure, requiring a login provides password protection but passwords can be shared. A better solution is to lock each account to the individual's computer, and with ASPS you do have that option. ASPS requires the ArtisBrowser, the only web browser properly designed to support copy protection for web sites, and the ArtisBrowser identifies each user by a unique Computer ID. So by modifying your website's membership system to record that ID you can then validate accounts and their rights to different sections and groups within your website.
At this time, ArtistScope does not provide any DRM plugins for those CMS because those CMS already offer a plethora of membership plugins. For example, for WordPress there are more than 50 membership plugins advertised on the WordPress website, most of which are clones of clones, and from what we have seen of most websites created by new startups, is that they will already have 20 to 30 different plugins installed that provide a variety of and sometimes duplicated functions and services. So for anyone interested in adding DRM to their CMS, they first need to decide which of those plugins they really need and then contact us for advice in modifying their membership system to cater for DRM. For an obligation free consultation for copy protecting your project, please contact us by email.
Author: William Kent
Date: 22rd March 2020
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