New image format comes with DRM

New image format comes with DRM Editorials 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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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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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