Re: New paper on funding without copyright

Harvey Newstrom (
Wed, 9 Jun 1999 21:59:25 -0400

Brian Atkins <> wrote:
> Maybe related: there is an ad in the latest Wired for
> Purports to allow for safe posting of copyrighted images, plus
> a purchase option. Requires user to download an ActiveX or
> Netscape plugin.

Ridiculous. You can do a screen copy, capture the data with a sniffer as it downloads, run your terminal output to a recording device, take a photograph of the screen, do a memory dump, reprogram the plug-in on their own machine, etc. All this scheme will do is prevent your browser from helping you steal the images. Anybody in control of their own computer can get to their own memory, their own disk, or their own screen. As a security professional, I consider these kinds of schemes bordering on the fraudulent.

Harvey Newstrom <mailto://> <>
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