Rainbow: Preventing Mobile-Camera-based Piracy In The Physical World

Authors:
Lin Yang Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Wei Wang Huazhong University of Science and Technology, P.R. China
Zeyu Wang Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Qian Zhang Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Abstract:

Since the mobile camera is often small in size and easy to conceal, existing anti-piracy solutions are inefficient in defeating mobile-camera-based piracy, thus it remains a serious threat to copyright of Intellectual property. This paper presents Rainbow, a low-cost lighting system which prevents mobile-camera-based piracy attacks on intellectual property in the physical world, e.g., art paintings. Through embedding invisible illuminance flickers and chromatic changes into the light, our system can significantly degrade the imaging quality of a camera while maintaining a good visual experience for human eyes. Extensive objective evaluations under different scenarios demonstrate that Rainbow is robust to different confounding factors and can effectively defeat piracy attacks on various mobile devices. Subjective tests on volunteers further evidence that our system can not only significantly pollute pirated photos but also be able to provide good lighting conditions.

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