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Watermark Robustness Testing

Overview: Testing Watermark Robustness

Digital video watermarking has become essential in industry efforts to protect valuable content against piracy. It serves as a deterrent and mechanism by which video piracy can be detected and prosecuted.
Our watermark security testing is used to assess the strength of this video content security technology. The goal is to assess the level to which a watermarking technology is robust to manipulations applied to the video signal. Cartesian is trusted by the video industry as being the independent third-party assessor of content security solution technologies.

Methodology: Farncombe Security Audit® Watermark

Cartesian tests the robustness of digital video watermarking technologies through our Farncombe Security Audit® Watermark. We developed this review through consultations with Hollywood studios, watermark solution vendors, MovieLabs, and the Motion Picture Association of America.

We assess the robustness of video watermarking technologies by replicating the tampering techniques used to illegally reproduce and distribute video content (i.e. piracy). These tests include compression, downscaling, cropping, aspect ratio alteration, and collusion. Such manipulations may have the goal of attempting to remove or destroy the watermark.

Our security team simulates a series of attacks at varying levels to ascertain at what point the watermark is no longer recoverable. The higher the intensity of an attack and the number of different types of attacks the solution can withstand give a measure of how robust the solution is.

The Farncombe Security Audit® Watermark Program

Upon completion of a Farncombe Security Audit® Watermark, businesses may choose to display the shield mark on their website and publicity materials. Displaying a Farncombe Security Audit® Watermark shield mark indicates that a report is available from the auditee upon request.

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