JPG files Are copy-protected?

The professional version of JPEG, JPEG 2000, differs from the standard among other things by having a DRM extension for copyright protection (known as JPSEC). This is understandable when you consider that the use of JPEG 2000 is limited to highly specialized applications in the field of archives, film and medicine. However, last July, experts JPEG Committee put on the table the possibility of extending management standard DRM format that, even today, is the majority along and across the World Wide Web.

Specifically, the press release made public then claimed that the committee was investigating solutions to ensure privacy, maintain data integrity and protect intellectual property rights, while maintaining compatibility (backward and forward) with JPEG solutions existing and referred to a second meeting in Brussels. A meeting held this week and which although has not made any decision to move this way, nor has rejected . . . despite the intervention of the representative of the Electronic Frontier Foundation against the amendment.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and its opposition to the project of the Committee.
The EFF complaint approve DRM JPEG prevent copying and opening some pictures, which would hinder use them for legitimate purposes such as news, academic research, teaching or parody (goodbye to memes) and violate the rights legal in images with more than one author (if derivative works). Notes, in turn, that even help to preserve the value of copyright works, and works as DRM-protected devices are least valued by users.

That does not mean, the EFF, there is no place for cryptography in JPEG images. There are cases where it might be useful to have a system that allows the signature and optional encryption of metadata. (. . . ) Today, from some social networks like Facebook and Twitter, automatically the metadata of the image are eliminated in an effort to preserve user privacy but in doing so, the information on ownership and management of licenses is also deleted. We encourage the JPEG committee to continue working with open standards-based PKI architecture (Public Key Infrastructure), which in some cases could meet the ‘fair use’, while enhancing privacy and security.

And woke up a bitter controversy when, a few years ago, pressure from Microsoft, Netflix and the movie studios got an agreement was reached to implement DRM in HTML5: the discussion focused, as now, in the attack that It represented the model of open web. These same voices, however, are joined by those which undertake to implement the DRM nonsense to an image in the era of the screenshot.

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