New image format comes with DRM

Have you ever posted a picture online and then regretted it? Good news. There's a new service called X-Pire that you can subscribe to that will encrypt your photo with an expiration date. Viewing the photo will require a browser plugin, and they only have a Firefox version as of yet. As I see it, this is another way that someone else can control my computer without consulting me. Is anyone else bothered by this? And before you ask, no, I don't like Flash, PDFs, Ajax, or most active web content for just that reason. And that's why I have Firefox set to block Flash and the like.

Then again, it doesn't matter much because the new format is pointless. It's not going to stop anyone from saving a copy of the image; all they need to do is take a screenshot. Now that I think of it, it's almost a reflex to take a screen shot whenever I find something compromising (just to make sure it doesn't disappear, not for blackmail). Expiring photos _really_ won't accomplish much.

via BBC

image via Joe Lanman

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2 Comments on New image format comes with DRM

  1. Yeah on the screensnap too. FAIL!

  2. As you say, this is pointless. How often have we see filtering content, like photos or trailers? And the owner could stop it? No. This is the same, with same result.

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