DRM for Images and Text in Stacks
katir at hindu.org
Tue Mar 21 04:38:25 EST 2006
OK further testing I finally settled on a compromise taking Key Ray's
suggestion but not using compressed imageData, I don't see any
advantage (I could be missing something) to using compressed
imageData over simple jpg storage. Either format would be equally
I think this comes close to making the images at least some what
--create a substack
--import images into custom props as jpegs,
--One could put these props in something a "available" as a card
property or something very obscure, like a transparent invisible
--set the uStuff1 of btn "obscureObject" to (url ("binfile:/somePath/
--scripts then can call the images for display:
put the uStuff of btn "obscureObject" into img "DisplayImageNow"
-- then encrypt the stack with a password. (all this does is prevent
another developer from seeing the scripts that display the custom prop)
That's about as good as it gets, I think...some developer who was
really, really intent on stealing your images might dig through every
object in the stack, find the object with custom props, surmise
these were image data and extract them from the msg box... but this
is a highly unlikely scenario... as our managing editor pointed out
today in a staff meeting, discussing this very issue of how much
energy we need to put into protecting images, he said that all these
years, anyone could make some hi-res scans of our printed magazine
and get a pretty decent image. But, no one has actually done this.
Still, on principle, I think we need a strong DRM option and I have
put in a feature request into bugzilla for simple option to block
access to a substack from inside the IDE... I still need to be able
to say for example, to NewsCom photo agency (who we use a lot of
photos from), or Thomas Kelly (world famous photographer who does
shoots for us in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal) with a honest face: "No,
people cannot extract the images, not even another revolution
developer...you are welcome to test it yourself if you wish."
--right now I cannot do that....if our managing editor asks "are the
images locked up," I have to say "well, almost...but not quite"
Himalayan Academy Publications
On Mar 20, 2006, at 10:46 AM, Mark Talluto wrote:
>> mmm. I'm reviewing all the memos to date on this and see you
>> already mentioned this.
>> OK yes, I think this is "doable" I will try it. I wonder how
>> hackable this could be from inside the IDE if one were to place
>> that line into just the script of the substack "library"
> This will not work as all one has to do is lock the messages before
> opening the stack.
> Mark Talluto
> CANELA Software
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