How to Copy Protect Video
ArtistScope provides several solutions for protecting video
that 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
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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
The ArtisBrowser is the only web browser that supports real plugins
and should be the only browser allowed to access your copy protected
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
Remember that copy protection protects livelihoods.
What kind of copy protection does ArtistScope offer?
Depending on the media and scenario, different solutions are available
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 ArtisBrowser 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 ArtisBrowser can report the
user's computer ID so that it can be recorded by the CMS and used to
prevent shared logins.
CopySafe Video provides
online viewing of video embedded on web pages. Safe from all copy the ArtisBrowser is required for
online viewing. CMS plugins are available for DNN, Drupal, Joomla,
Moodle and WordPress.
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.
CopySafe Video provides
DRM to prevent sharing and can be used both online and offline via
the use of special token files. Safe from all copy the CopySafe
Video Player is required for desktop viewing.