Piracy, Plagiarism And Copyright Abuse

May 2010
12 years of piracy, plagiarism and copyright abuse.

It has now been 12 years since ArtistScope first introduced copy protection to the Internet. Before then there was nothing available at all to copy protect images or web page content at all. Since then ArtistScope has developed innovative solutions to cater for almost every application of media. All of these solutions have been unique and even today remain as the most secure copy protection software available.

But along the way our solutions have constantly been threatened by untold influences, mainly from browser developers trying to make content as accessible as possible regardless of copyright and privacy rights, and mainly from what we have always referred to as the "monkey-brains".

The browser makers have always been keen to make everything on the web as accessible as possible, enforcing copyright over their own resources while exposing every one else's property to plagiarism and copyright abuse. To make their browser more popular, they have not only turned their back on artistic license and rights, but openly flaunt their intent by advertising their products as the one to to use to get the most for nothing. On top of that we have seen hundreds of developers providing clones of apps for copying, capturing, searching and grabbing all types of files with absolutely no consideration to rights of ownership.

Of course these same developers will protect their own developments vehemently and expect you to pay for the right to use their software. Where that gets more ridiculous is that in most cases they plagiarized some open-source project to begin with. So we have hundreds of screen capture programs all using the same code and methods; hundreds of different file converters all using the same code; and hundreds of site grabbers and movie downloaders!

For anyone publishing content and trying to copy protect it or restrict its redistribution, it's an endless task. And for ArtistScope it gets worse because not only do we have to maintain that our solutions keep abreast of browser changes and security holes as they appear, but we also have to contend with the fact that our research and development costs do not get returned.

In 1998 when we invented image encryption for use on web pages nearly every amateur Java developer offered a simple applet as a comparative solution... looks like it does the same thing but in actuality is totally different because an image is not secure in a normal applet. But they promoted their product and falsely advertised it using terminology that we invented.

In 1999 we released CopySafe Web Protection which was secure from PrintScreen and screen capture to later be confronted with two new competitors, Alchemedia and Vyou, each with more 20 million in public funding. While denying any acknowledgement that our solution even existed, their developers monitored and continually tried to hack our web sites. Anything that was new was immediately reflected on their home pages. One even had the audacity to take out a patent that better described our solution... they were not even using Java or image encryption at all, and they didn't know how to. Vyou disappeared not long after we threatened to sue for piracy and breaches of Copyright. Alchemedia disappeared shortly after when their funds ran out.

But the monkey-brains keep coming out of the woodwork. I remember not too long ago stumbling across what looked like it could be a competitive solution and while reading their home page, I thought that it seemed familiar... they had copied the page directly from our web site and simply replaced the company name.

How incredible is it that the vendors of copy protection solutions are no better than the thieves that their clients need protection from?

Yes this is an off topic and one that we have always avoided, but after looking back over the 12 years that we have devoted to the protection of content on the web, mostly what we see is just more and more piracy and the deprivation of getting paid for our developments. By not mentioning it is certainly not going to slow them down so if they want to continue let's expose them for what they really are!

But the most amusing part is that the "monkey-brains" have no hesitation in contacting our support team for help in solving their security/design issues. If all of these DRM and copy protection developers really "are the leaders in their field" and "were established in 1998" as they claim, then why do they all use ArtistScope copy protection software and documentation as the industry standard?

Sincerely but not amused,

William Kent
ArtistScope Team Manager

* In 2011 ArtistScope released their own web browser, ArtisBrowser,  to support the ArtistScope Site Protection System (ASPS) and cater for the cross-purposed features of popular web browsers. Then in late 2015 all popular web browsers dropped support for real (NPAPI) plugins in favor of surface apps used by mobile phones. Consequently that was the end of all other web page protection software because they were no longer supported by web browsers. Today, only ArtistScope web protection software can be used. That is, web protection software that is worthwhile using, because most others rely on JavaScript which can easily be disabled and has no permission to integrate at system level where is where copy protection needs to be actioned.

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