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  • IBM, Dainippon Develop Software to Protect Art Copyrights
  • September 15, 1998 (TOKYO) -- IBM Japan Ltd. and Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. released software with digital watermark and encryption code technologies.
    It is aimed at protecting the copyrights of computer graphics art work.

    Sales of the first two products started Sept. 10, and sales of the remaining two are to start in October.

    The first of the new products, "RenaMark" (compatible with Windows NT), allows digital watermarks to be embedded in art work to protect against unauthorized copying of digital contents.

    The second product, "RenaScramble" (also compatible with Windows NT), offers features for encoding and authentication access to digital contents.

    There also is a plug-in for use with Adobe Photoshop, called "DataHiding Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop for Macintosh V1.0," which provides the same watermarking and watermark detection features as RenaMark.

    And, there is a plug-in, "DataHiding Plug-in V1.0 for WWW Browser (Windows version)," that allows browsers to be used to detect digital watermarks.

    All four new products were developed with the aid of "IBM Digital Library V2.0," a library for content editing; "IBM DataHiding," a library of watermarking technologies; and "IBM Cryptolope," a library of data coding functions.

    RenaMark and RenaScramble are primarily intended for use in the professional graphic art industry, while the two plug-in products (both the Photoshop and browser versions) are aimed more at general users.

    RenaMark will retail for 7.2 million yen (US$53,300), and RenaScramble will be 11.8 million yen (US$87,400). The plug-ins will be priced at 98,000 yen (US$725) for the Photoshop edition and 14,800 yen (US$110) for the browser edition.

    Sales of RenaMark and RenaScramble will be handled by Dainippon Screen, while the two plug-in products will be marketed as IBM Japan products.

    RenaMark and RenaScramble are scheduled to go on sale Oct. 1, but the Photoshop and browser plug-ins were available in shops as of Sept. 10.

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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    Updated: Mon Sep 14 18:47:12 1998 PDT