Digimarc and DataTrails Partner to Solve the Industry’s Biggest Content Protection Challenge with Advanced Digital Watermarks and Cryptography

Content creators and consumers can now validate the authenticity of digital content with the industry’s first solution to combat metadata stripping in an era of generative artificial intelligence

BEAVERTON, Ore. – April 10, 2024 – Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC), the pioneer and global leader in digital watermarking technologies, and DataTrails Inc, an innovator in integrity, transparency, and trust technology, today announced a partnership to deliver the industry’s first fully integrated content protection solution to fortify digital content using advanced digital watermarks in tandem with cryptographic proofs, or fingerprints. Combined with provenance metadata, these industry-leading technologies create a powerful, multi-layered toolset to provide proof of digital content authenticity — protecting content creators, businesses, and consumers from the threat of fake data and misinformation.

Generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) has changed the rules in content protection. Today, provenance metadata can easily be stripped from a digital asset intentionally or unintentionally when content is distributed or published. For instance, common workflows like uploading an image to a social network, sending a photo via an instant messaging application, or editing an image with a mobile phone app can strip metadata. Without provenance metadata, it is very difficult to prove content authenticity. The partnership between Digimarc and DataTrails addresses this challenge head-on.

“In an era of GenAI, tools like robust digital watermarks and cryptographic proofs can transform our current digital ecosystem – removing uncertainty and suspicion to create greater authenticity and trust in digital content,” said Digimarc Chief Product Officer Ken Sickles. “This capability is especially relevant and critical in an election year. Today, provenance metadata can be stripped or swapped from digital assets, creating a situation where false certainty is often worse than uncertainty. The solution we are introducing today changes this paradigm. When embedded in a digital asset, digital watermarks act as a tether to retrieve a digital asset’s correct and unaltered metadata or Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) manifest to prove content authenticity.”  

Solving the Content Protection Challenge

Committed to collaboration across industries and the public and private sectors, the Digimarc-DataTrails partnership offers the industry’s first solution that checks all the boxes in the Partnership on AI’s (PAI) framework for synthetic media transparency. PAI is a non-profit organization that brings together stakeholders from across sectors and industries to advance AI solutions that benefit people and society. Critical to the organization’s mission is ensuring the transparency of synthetic and non-synthetic media in an era of GenAI. PAI has identified common technical methods for conveying whether a digital asset is AI-generated or AI-modified, based on information about the digital content’s origin or provenance. The Digimarc-DataTrails content protection solution is the first to follow PAI’s multi-layered approach to conveying digital media transparency.

“Relying exclusively on metadata attached to content to prove content authenticity is risky at best and creates an illusion of trust in today’s environment because metadata is easily stripped, shredded or misappropriated without the proper tools and technology to help keep it in place. Protecting, monitoring, and authenticating digital content requires a multi-layered approach that sees beyond individual files,” said DataTrails CEO, Rusty Cumpston. “Our collaboration with Digimarc delivers an industry-first solution that provides irrefutable proof of digital content authenticity and provenance through a revolutionary multi-layered approach.”

Partnering to Deliver a Multi-layered Solution

Creating an immutable audit trail to track the provenance of digital assets in a tamper-evident distributed ledger ensures content creators and businesses can prove content ownership and authenticity while allowing content consumers to detect fake data. DataTrails’ transparency and explainability platform supports trustworthy data distribution, and resolves contested data authenticity scenarios. Specifically, the DataTrails platform applies cryptographic proofs to trace digital content, providing transparent proof of who did what and when. Digimarc digital watermarks add another layer of digital asset protection communicating content provenance, authenticity, and copyright information about synthetic and non-synthetic digital assets in a way that is both secure and bound to the asset itself. An imperceptible digital watermark embedded in an image, video, or audio track creates a more persistent link between the asset and its manifest and helps recover it should it become detached.

To learn more about the Digimarc-DataTrails innovative collaboration to protect content creators, businesses and content consumers, contact us at product@digimarc.com

About DataTrails

DataTrails gives creators and businesses long-term confidence in digital files and documents by maintaining a tamper-proof record of who did what and when, no matter where the files are stored or how they move around. Underpinned by openly verifiable ledger technology, the provenance record created in the DataTrails secure cloud platform provides an immutable audit trail that vastly improves the speed and reduces the costs of verification. Whether validating documents in real-time or looking for simpler, better ways to meet audit requirements, DataTrails delivers the integrity, transparency, and accountability required in today’s fast-paced digital-first world. Visit www.DataTrails.ai.

About Digimarc  

Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) is the pioneer and global leader in digital watermarking technologies. For nearly 30 years, Digimarc innovations and intellectual property in digital watermarking have been deployed at a massive scale for the identification and the authentication of physical and digital items. A notable example is our partnership with a consortium of the world’s central banks to deter counterfeiting of global currency. Digimarc is also instrumental in supporting global industry standards efforts spanning both the physical and digital worlds. In 2023, Digimarc was named to the Fortune 2023 Change the World list and honored as a 2023 Fast Company World Changing Ideas finalist. Learn more at Digimarc.com.

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