The German institute Fraunhofer has launched an online service that protects image piracy by means of an invisible watermark or filigree. Photopatrol allows you to mark images, identifying their author.
The institute guarantees that the new high security system can only be corrupted with a strong degradation of the image quality and adds that the database managed by the program allows it to easily detect these attempts and search for the legitimate author of the image.
Photopatrol is aimed at professional photographers, graphic agencies and web page administrators and can be used in photographs and other images in JPEG, TIFF or Bitmap formats.
With the program, a search system was developed which, by order of the user, can periodically search the network for pirated images.
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