Canon Hopes To Use The Photographer’s Iris For Copyright Protection

Eye Macro (Image property of OhGizmo!)By Andrew Liszewski

Canon has filed for a patent they hope will revolutionize digital watermarking when it comes to photographs. Future cameras from the company could have a ‘REG’ setting on the Mode dial that will actually take a photograph of the user’s iris as they look through the viewfinder.

This image, which is as unique as a fingerprint would be added to the photo’s metadata once a series of shots have been captured. If the camera were to write this data to the photo every time the shutter was pressed, it would slow down the camera’s performance and could actually end up hindering the photographer.

While the technique won’t stop people from actually stealing photos, particularly online (case in point) it should provide some solid proof as to who originally took the shot and owns the copyright should there ever be a dispute.

[ Canon’s Iris Registration Mode – Biological Copyright Metadata ] VIA [ Slashdot ]

2 thoughts on “Canon Hopes To Use The Photographer’s Iris For Copyright Protection”

  1. The yellow dot codes in their printers, however, aren’t for copyright protection. They’re a ‘feature’ added purely for government surveillance. I can see this iris-watermarking going down the same road. I’m not buying from companies that make quiet deals so that intelligence agencies can track who I am and what I do with my own equipment.

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