Copy Protect Web Site Content & Media
Securing web sites to protect text, images and other media from
copy and piracy can seem like a daunting task because there are
so many avenues available to site visitors thanks to today's web
Most web browsers are designed to exploit web sites
No stone is left unturned when it comes to providing
the means for copying and saving web site content. To make their browsers as appealing as
possible, browser designers enable users to copy,
print and save anything on a page and just in case
they cannot right-click, there are options to
download everything on the page with one click of the mouse to
retrieve the web page and every images, script and media
attached to it.
Copy protecting web content in popular browsers
To restrict copying in popular web
browsers, the following options need to be checked:
Limitations and requirements
- Right mouse click to "save as".
- Browser menu option for saving the page with all embedded
- Right mouse click to save the page with all embedded media.
- Highlighting by mouse select and copy-and-paste to the
- Click select by mouse and drag-and-drop to the desktop.
- Right mouse click to send to a printer or file driver for
- Browser menu option for sending to printer or file
- Right mouse click to send attached to an email.
- Browser menu option for sending as an email attachment.
- Using Ctrl C or Print Screen to create a screenshot of the
- Using screen capture software and recorders to copy pages
- Locating the download resource of media from view of source
- Using site and file grabbers to download media linked from a
- Using file grabbers to retrieve media from web browser
- Packet-sniffing to intercept page resources and passwords.
Today we have many different operating systems (OS), all of
which fall into distinct family types such as Windows, Linux,
Android, MacOS, etc. So designing a copy protection solution
becomes most difficult and while it might be possible to provide
plugins for all of these OS, in reality it is impossible because
most either cannot support proper copy protection or are too
unstable to survive a rollout, ie: by the time your user
upgrades to the latest update that OS will more than likely be
Securing web page content in popular web browsers
There is no solution that will adequately protect content that
can be used with all operating systems. Yes, there are solutions
available for all OS but they have so many holes and they can be so
easily exploited that you may as well not use protection. For
example, how can anything be considered as being "protected"
when all it takes is a click of the Print Screen button to
capture an image of the whole page or part thereof?
ArtistScope, the founder of copy protection for the Internet and
leading developer of DRM since 1998, provides the most secure
copy protect solutions that are supported across all Windows versions since XP,
which is 92% of all
Internet users. The remaining 8% is a mixture of
OS, 2% of which are search engines and media
The ArtistScope web browser plugin
ArtistScope provides a CopySafe Service that is second to
none when it comes to preventing copy from all methods including
Print Screen and screen capture.
Protection was first released
in 1999 and it is supported on all Windows computers. Site
visitors can use their favorite web browser and to view
protected web pages, they can download the plugin just like they
did when encountering Flash for the
Using CopySafe Web on your web pages
CopySafe Web is the most secure solution for displaying
encrypted images and it is the encrypted image that activates
the CopySafe plugin when it loads. Consequently any web page can
be protected by simply adding a small CopySafe encrypted image
and any media displayed on that page will also be protected. To
apply CopySafe to a web page all one needs to do is add a few
lines of HTML.
CopySafe is compatible with all types of web applications
CopySafe Web can be added to any web page regardless of the
programming language used. If you are
using a CMS and/or have limited HTML skills, ArtistScope
provides a variety of free modules for integrating CopySafe Web
with most popular CMS solutions:
Web browser plugin vs Secure web browser
While it is possible to secure popular browsers the situation is
not ideal. However using plugins can enable your users to enjoy
the comfort of their favorite web browser and the cost of
CopySafe Web licensing is economical when compared to more
sophisticated solutions like the ArtistScope Site Protection
Today there are a few custom web browsers offered for site
protection. Some are merely reskinned IE
engines that still expose browser cache and some others have
been designed to restrict some save and copy options. But the
mistake that most browser developers are making is that they
are trying to support all operating systems (OS) and that is where
they fail... proper copy protection is not possible with
Mac and Linux based OS.
Why undermine web security for the sake of 5% of users?
Although Mac users may disagree (because they tend to use sites
recommended by other Mac users) usage logs from typical web
sites indicate that Windows users make up for about 92% of their
visitors. Of that remaining 8% only 5% are Mac users with the rest are made up of
odd OS, search engines and
So for the sake of 5% of your site's visitors, why settle for a
web browser that cannot be secure and cannot protect your media
from piracy and plagiarism. Is that the business model that you
want to invest in?
The most secure web browser
There is only one web browser that is safe from all methods and
copy and save, and it is supported on all Windows OS since XP.
Unlike pretentious "secure" browsers, the
ASPS Web Reader provides:
Even when the page and media is on display in the web browser,
nothing can be copied in any way... that is, without using a
camera to take a photograph of the computer screen. The ASPS Web
Reader, short for
ArtistScope Site Protection System, is the most secure
web browser and the only web browser that can
effectively protect web page and media from all methods of copy
- Creates a secure tunnel between the web server and the
- Safe from packet sniffers even without the use of SSL.
- Web pages cannot be viewed by any other browser or
- Embedded media resources cannot be located in page source
- No content or code can be retrieved from web browser cache.
- All media is safe from file grabbers and downloaders.
- Protects all media without requiring that media to be
- Pages cannot be printed unless allowed by the
- Pages cannot be copied by using Print Screen to take a
- Pages and video cannot be screen recorded or captured.
- Absolutely no options for copy and save.
The ArtistScope Site Protection System (ASPS)
ASPS is not just a web browser. Instead it is a server to
browser solution that has been designed from end-to-end with
copy protection in mind. Web pages assigned for use by the ASPS
Web Reader are delivered in encrypted format from the server and
they can only be decrypted by the ASPS Web Reader, thus creating
a most secure tunnel between your site and your visitor.
Intercepting this page is useless as it cannot be deciphered
except by the ASPS Web Reader and it cannot be hacked.
ASPS filter is supported on all web servers
The ASPS filter can be installed on all Windows
servers/computers running IIS since XP and all Linux servers.
ASPS is compatible with all types of CMS and web applications
ASPS encryption does not affect a web application or
the programming language used to create web pages because it
encrypts and delivers the page after it has been assembled by
the server. It doesn't matter if your site is powered by
PHP, Sharepoint, .NET or static HTML.
Any and all CMS applications like DotNetNuke,
Drupal, Joomla, Moodle and WordPress can be run from a ASPS
Preparing site content for ASPS
No special treatment like encryption or conversion is required
as the only preparation required is to add a line of HTML before
the page's DOCTYPE statement. To protect pages you add that
code and any pages not including that code will not be protected.
When the ASPS Web Reader encounters such a page it will redirect
the user to open it in the their default web browser. This
way you can create doorway pages and leave sections of your site
accessible to normal browsers and then most securely protect
only those sections or pages that are critical to your mission.
Downloading and evaluating ASPS
The ASPS Web Reader can be
downloaded from their demo site. After download, simply
follow the links for "Guided Tour' to explore a variety of
different media that can be protected by ASPS.
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