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Piracy-Preventing Photo Programs

The Exif Tool Prevents People from Using Imagery without Rights

— April 27, 2017 — Tech
The internet has proven a difficult domain for protecting one's copyright on pictures because of how easy it is to download or screenshot images, but the Exif tool offers a foolproof alternative to traditional methods like watermarks. The tool applies a system similar to popular video services like YouTube and Vimeo in which images can only be shared through embedding.

When embedding a photo into one's webpage using the Exif tool, that image will automatically get a small 'i' in the top left corner. This accredits the image with the photographer's name as well as other pertinent information (like their Instagram account or the client for whom the photo was originally shot.) And if users try to download the image without permission, black box called a "smart watermark" automatically pops up with a link to that photographer's Exif page.
Trend Themes
1. Piracy-preventing Photo Programs - The Exif tool is a foolproof alternative to traditional watermarking to prevent copyright infringement.
2. Embedded Photo Shares - The Exif tool employs a system similar to popular video services like YouTube and Vimeo in which images can only be shared through embedding, creating potential opportunities for content-sharing platforms to integrate similar features.
3. Smart Watermark Technology - The Exif tool's 'smart watermark' feature could inspire further innovation in watermarked image protection technologies.
Industry Implications
1. Photography - The photography industry could benefit from implementing Exif tools in order to safeguard copyrighted images online.
2. Online Content-sharing Platforms - Content-sharing platforms, especially those focused on photography or visual media, could adopt the Exif tool's embedded photo sharing feature to bolster user privacy and protect content creators from infringement.
3. Cybersecurity - The Exif tool's approach to image protection could be applied to other forms of online media, leading to innovative cybersecurity solutions beyond image protection.
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