Watermarking a java source file?

Nicholas Leippe nick at leippe.com
Thu Sep 13 22:19:43 MDT 2012


There are three typical types/reasons for watermarking that I can think of:

a) as a signature, so you know the content has not been altered, such
as on a check
b) as an id, so you can track who distributed copies when they weren't
supposed to, such as (conceivably) audio/video at a movie theater
c) to render the content less-than-fully-functional, yet sufficient
for reviewers, e.g. photographs--you wouldn't want to blow up a review
print and put it on your wall or send it on your Christmas cards
because it has "Joe's photography" emblazoned across it

It isn't clear which, (or if there isn't yet a 4th reason), is the
intended application here. Also, this may be problem Y, and not
problem X :)


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