Sometimes watermarks simply don't work

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Sometimes watermarks simply don't work

Here is one of the reasons I never bother to watermark my web images. Google’s research division today detailed just how easy it is for computer algorithms to bypass standard photo watermarking practices, stripping those images of copyright protection and making them vulnerable to reposting across the internet without credit. Besides, some watermarks are incredibly easy to take away using techniques as simple as "content aware" in Photoshop CC 2017 and earlier.

. . . and here is a PDF on how. It really is quite simple in many cases. http://openaccess.thecvf.com/content_cvpr_2017/papers/Dekel_On_the_Effectiveness_CVPR_2017_paper.pdf

Besides, it takes way too much time to protect all my images. Sure, hidden watermarks work a little better but only up to a point. In short, we live in a pretty open society, like it or not.

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