Copy Protection for Images, Web Pages and Web Media

Copy Protection for Images, Web Pages and Web Media

CopySafe Web provides the most secure copy protection for images because with image encryption and domain lock, your images are safe even from your staff and web master, and while on display they are protected from all methods of copy including Print Screen and screen capture software. The CopySafe Web plugin is the only method that can prevent screen capture. Other solutions promising grab protection are either only disabling hot keys or are just trying to detect some known capture programs. Such tricks may fool naive and unwary visitors, but anyone renaming the executable of any screen capture program will be free to copy as they please.

  • Copy protect images and all other web page content.
  • Safe from Print Screen and all screen capture software.
  • Encrypted images cannot be retrieved from browser cache.
  • Domain-locked images cannot be used elsewhere.
  • Images stored on the server are safe from your web host.
  • Images cannot be saved or scraped.

Controlling Copy In Popular Web Browsers

Most web browsers have been designed to be popular and in doing so provide the means for anyone to easily identify media with various options to copy, capture, download and forward it to others. To maintain user-friendly sites, most webmasters leave access open to a user's favorite web browser. Consequently, enforcing copy protection for web pages becomes a most difficult task and anyone assuming that it can be done with just code on the page has absolutely no understanding of what is involved. Browsers are naturally protected from codes on web pages and servers. They can be made to manipulate the display of a page's content but not the browsers application nor its integration with your Windows operating system. The only way to hook into those resources is by using a plugin that is certified and approved by both the user and their computer's operating system.

Applying Capture Safe Protection To Web Pages

The CopySafe Web plugin works much the same as other browser plugins like Flash. It is not shipped with browsers and users need to download and install it, which ensures that they will always have the latest version. When a protected page loads, the plugin is activated and when that page closes, it is deactivated. While active, the user cannot use Print Screen or any screen capture software.

Image Encryption & Domain Lock

CopySafe Web encrypted images use Domain Lock to ensure that they can only be viewed from your website. Your images are encrypted using an algorithm based on your domain name to ensure that they cannot be displayed from any other website. The encrypted images stored on the server are safe from everyone, including your management and employees, and are even safe from your webmaster and data center staff.

CopySafe Web Insert Method

The method that we refer to as "CopySafe Web Insert" is about adding a very small encrypted image to a web page to invoke the ability of the CopySafe Web plugin to protect that web page. Because it is the loading of that encrypted image that activates the plugin, absolutely any web page can be copy protected by simply adding the html to display that image.

All it takes is just a few lines of html that can be added to any web page regardless of the programming language used to create it. CopySafe Web is compatible with all types of web applications. For example, you could be using WordPress, Joomla, Drupal or Moodle, each of which is a PHP or MySql-based applications running on an Apache web server. Or you could be running Cold Fusion, .Net or SharePoint on a Windows server it does not matter.

The image that you use for CopySafe Web Insert can be as small and unobtrusive as you like. For example, it can only be seen at 20 x 20 pixels or it can be invisible at 1 x 1 pixels. However, you can always confirm if it properly loaded and by adding a hyperlink to the image, you can provide an escape point such as a link to click-to-leave the protected page and to deactivate the plugin's protection.

Copy Protection For All Types Of Media

By displaying a small CopySafe Web image on a web page (insert method), everything on the page will be protected from Print Screen and screen capture software, up to and including screen recorders. This means that you can copy protect absolutely any media that can be embedded on a web page, including Flash movies, PDF documents, animations, Java applets, 3D objects and all types of video including ASF, AVI, MP4 and WMV.

Database Integration For Image Records

CopySafe encrypted images can be displayed using either a Java applet or the ActiveX object as the viewer. Examples of the codes to use with some templates are provided with the software. As the images are encrypted properties, the image converter names them and the file names include information based on the width and height, since these cannot be obtained by the usual means. Thus the only information that needs to be recorded in a database is the file name, from which the width and height in pixels can be extracted. For example, a typical encrypted image might look like StarOfLight_0600_0400_C.class where its width is 600 pixels and its height is 400 pixels. The "C" signifies "CopySafe" whereas an "S" means that the image was encrypted using the Secure Image converter (a different encryption program suitable for Mac and Linux computers).

Plugin Installers, Downloads & Free Upgrades

Plugin installers are available for all popular Windows browsers. Plugin downloads can be provided from your own website or an ArtistScope server. The installers and download pages are provided with the software so that you can customize them to match your own site design. To keep abreast of Internet changes, plugin upgrades and ongoing client support is free and unlimited. When an upgrade is available, the only change needed on your web pages is the version number used in the detection script.

Varying The Level Of Protection On Different Pages

Full protection can include limiting the use of task bar, menus and the keyboard. On some pages you may want to use full protection; while on other pages such as web forms and mouse interactive objects, you may want to ensure that the user has full use of mouse and keyboard keys. The default settings is full protection, so you can enable the following options by simply changing their parameter in the page's setting file from true to false:

  • CaptureSafe : Disable Printscreen and screen capture software
  • MenuSafe : Disable Internet Explorer tool bar menus
  • KeySafe : Disable the keyboard
  • RemoteSafe : Prevent display to remote/virtual computers

The online demos show examples for each of the above settings. Your web designer can also nominate to allow/disallow access according to Windows version, web browser type and version. For example, in a corporate network you may only want Internet Explorer 9 browsers to access your web pages, or the latest version of Firefox or Chrome. Or you may want to block all older versions of Windows. Whatever the choice, it is merely a matter of changing some values in your settings file (insert.js). The same settings file can be shared by many pages or you can use a separate settings file for each page.

Command Line & Server Side Encryption Of Images

The CopySafe Web software is a Java application that can be operated locally by command-line or installed on a server and controlled by web pages via server side DLL for integration with other applications and CMS solutions. Server-side installation can enable your site members to upload images and have them encrypted on the fly. They can also be included in your member database. Available on request to all CopySafe Web licensees is a ready made DLL with sample scripts for use on websites that are hosted on Windows servers. Tested and proven to be supported by IIS on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Ultimate, the DLL is provided for free but without warranty.

For more information, pricing and online demos, please visit the parent site for Image Protection.

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