Presentation for W20026455
Anil Kumar M
12 November 2007
3. Watermarking System
4. Types of Digital Watermarking
5. Image Watermarking
7. EC Watermarking Software Example
With the growing popularity of digital Medias through the World Wide Web,
intellectual property needs copyright protection, prevention of illegal copying and
verification of content integrity. The new data hiding techniques need to be developed
that satisfy the requirements of imperceptibility, robustness, capacity, or data hiding rate
and security of the hidden data etc. At this stage, water marking plays the role of an
efficient tool. The objective of this project is to explore the basic concepts of digital water
marking and various types and techniques involved in the water marking.
1. Protection of Copyrighted Digital Content
Historically, copyright laws have protected authored content by restricting
distribution and modification of the content. The effectiveness of these laws, however,
depends on three important requirements:
The creator of original content must be able to refute anybody else’s claim to
having created that content. Creators and owners must be able to track the distribution of
their content, so that they can detect attempts to distribute it illegally. Illegal attempts to
alter the content and distribute it as if it were genuine must be detectable.
Today, creators and owners of digital video, audio, and images want assurance that their
content will not be illegally redistributed. Unless content owners are confident that their
works will be properly compensated and acknowledged, few would willingly make their
content publicly available. Also, consumers want assurance that the content they buy is
legitimate. Without mechanisms to support the above requirements, copyright owners
cannot generate proof that somebody else violated copyright law.
The techniques that have been proposed for solving this problem are collectively called
digital watermarking. Digital watermarking refers to the embedding of unobtrusive
marks or labels that can be represented as bits in digital content.
2. WATERMARKING SYSTEMS
Powerful signal processing techniques and ease of modification have made the world
shift towards digital representation of multimedia signals such as image, audio and video.
The rapid growth of Internet is also fuelling this process. The vendors however, fear to
put their multimedia data over the Internet, because there is no way to track the illegal
distribution and violation of copyright protection. Watermarking comes into the scenario
as a powerful solution to this problem. The important feature of watermarking is that the
ordinary users may not detect its presence in the product.
2.2 Properties of Watermarks
There are a number of measurable characteristics that a watermark should exhibit.
These include that it should be difficult to notice, robust to common distortions of the
signal, resistant to malicious attempts to remove the watermark, support a sufficient data
rate commensurate with these application, allow multiple watermarks to be added and
that the decoder be scalable.
The watermark should not be noticeable to the viewer, nor should then watermark
degrade the quality of the original image. However, if a signal is truly imperceptible, then
perceptually based lossy compression algorithms probably, still leave room for an
imperceptible signal to be inserted.
The watermark must be difficult to remove. If only partial knowledge is available
(e.g. the exact location of the watermark in an image is unknown) then attempts to
remove or destroy a watermark, should result in severe degradation in fidelity before the
watermark is lost.
2.2.3 Common signal processing
The watermark should still be retrievable even if common signal processing
operations are applied to the data. These include digital to analog and analog to digital
conversion, re-sampling and re-quantization and common signal enhancements to image
contrast and color, or audio bass and treble.
2.2.4 Common Geometric Distortions (Image & Video data)
Watermarks in image and video data should also be immune from geometric
image operations such as rotation, translation, cropping and scaling.
The same digital watermarking algorithm should apply to all the three media
under considerations. This is potentially helpful in the watermarking of multimedia
products. Also, this feature is conductive to the implementation of audio and image/video
watermarking algorithms on common hardware.
The watermark retrieval should unambiguously identify the owner.
Furthermore, the accuracy of owner identification should degrade gracefully in the face of
attack. In addition, the watermark procedure also ensures low false positive and low false
2.3 GENERAL FRAMEWORK FOR WATERMARKIN
In general, any watermarking scheme (algorithm) consists of three parts.
Each owner has a unique watermark or an owner can also put different
watermarks in different objects the marking algorithm incorporates the watermark into
the object. The verification algorithm authenticates the object determining both the
owner and the integrity of the object.
2.3.1 ENCODING PROCESS
Let us denote an image by a signature by S=s1,s2 and the watermarked image
by I. E is an encoder function, it takes an image I and a signature S, and it generates a
new image which is called watermarked image , mathematically,
E(S, I) =Ỉ. (1)
Following figure illustrates the encoding process.
Fig 1.Encoding Process.
2.3.2 DECODING PROCESS
A decoder function D takes an image J (J can be a watermarked or un-
watermarked image, and possibly corrupted) whose ownership is to be determined and
recovers a signature Ś from the image. In this process an additional image I can also
be included which is often the original and un-watermarked version of J. This is due
to the fact that some encoding schemes may make use of the original images in the
watermarking process to provide extra robustness against intentional and
unintentional corruption of pixels. Mathematically
D (J, Ỉ) = Ś. (2)
Following figure illustrates the Decoding process
Fig 2.Decoding process.
3. TYPES OF DIGITAL WATERMARKS
Watermarks and watermarking techniques can be divided into various
categories in various ways. The watermarks can be applied in spatial domain. An
alternative to spatial domain watermarking is frequency domain watermarking. It has
been pointed out that the frequency domain methods are more robust than the spatial
domain techniques. Different types of watermarks are shown in the figure below
Fig 3.Types of Watermarking.
Watermarking techniques can be divided into four categories according to the type of
document to be watermarked as follows.
According to the human perception, the digital watermarks can be divide into three
different types as follows.
4. IMAGE WATERMARKING
There are plenty of image watermarking techniques algorithms available. In
this section we will discuss a one technique Discrete-Cosine-Transform (DCT).
In DCT technique divide the host image into different blocks, find the DCT of each
block. Then they classify the blocks into six different classes in the increasing order of
noise sensitivity, such as edge block, uniform with moderate intensity, uniform with
high or low intensity, moderate busy, busy and very busy. Each block is then
Fig 4.Visible watermarking algorithm
Different α and β values. The host image blocks are then modified as follow:
x¬ = αxij+ β wij (4).
Where xij is the i,j DCT co-efficient of the watermarked image, xij is the
corresponding DCT co-efficient of the original image and wij is the DCT co-
efficient of the watermark image. Fig. 4 gives the schematic representation of
the technique and Fig. 5 show various results.
Fig. 5 various results.
Digital Watermarks are potentially useful in many applications, including:
5.1 Ownership assertion:
Watermarks can be used for ownership assertion. To assert
ownership of an image, Alice can generate a watermarking signal using a secret private
key, and then embed it into the original image. She can then make the watermarked image
publicly available. Later, when Bob contends the ownership of an image derived from
this public image, Alice can produce the unmarked original image and also demonstrate
the presence of her watermark in Bob’s image. Since Alice’s original image is
unavailable to Bob, he cannot do the same. For such a scheme to work, the watermark has
to survive image processing operations aimed at malicious removal. In addition, the
watermark should be inserted in such a manner that it cannot be forged as Alice would
not want to be held accountable for an image that she does not own.
5.2. Copy prevention or control:
Watermarks can also be used for copy prevention and control. For
example, in a closed system where the multimedia content needs special hardware for
copying and/or viewing, a digital watermark can be inserted indicating the number of
copies that are permitted. Every time a copy is made the watermark can be modified by
the hardware and after a point the hardware would not create further copies of the data.
An example of such a system is the Digital Versatile Disc (DVD). In fact, a copy
protection mechanism that includes digital watermarking at its core is currently being
considered for standardization and second generation DVD players may well include the
ability to read watermarks and act based on their presence or absence.
5.3 ID card security:
Information in a passport or ID (e.g., passport number, person’s name,
etc.) can also be included in the person’s photo that appears on the ID. By extracting the
embedded information and comparing it to the written text, the ID card can be verified.
The inclusion of the watermark provides an additional level of security in this application.
For example, if the ID card is stolen and the picture is replaced by a forged copy, the
failure in extracting the watermark will invalidate the ID card.
6. EC Watermarking Software Example:
6.1 Import Image File
6.2 Watermark Setting Screen
6.3 Export Image Screen
Digital watermarking holds significant promise as one of the keys to protecting
proprietary digital content in the coming years. It focuses on embedding information
inside a digital object such that the embedded information is in separable bound to the
object. Tampering with the watermark or otherwise altering a watermarked object
should always be detectable, and attempting to remove a watermark from its object
should cause to be that object useless. Currently, watermarking suffers from several
drawbacks that prevent it from providing the creators of digital content with a solid
guarantee of copyright protection.
The watermarking research is progressing very fast and numerous researchers
from various fields are focusing to develop some workable scheme. Different companies
also working to get commercial products. We hope some commercial and effective
schemes will be available in future.
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Technical Trials and Legal Tribulations, by Craver, Yeo, and Yeung, Communications of
A Survey of Digital Watermarking, by Elizabeth Ferrill and Matthew Moyer,
Digital Watermarking, by James Greenfield,
Commercial Watermarking Systems: