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Robust template matching for affine resistant image watermarks

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2 Author(s)
S. Pereira ; Geneva Univ., Switzerland ; T. Pun

Digital watermarks have been proposed as a method for discouraging illicit copying and distribution of copyrighted material. This paper describes a method for the secure and robust copyright protection of digital images. We present an approach for embedding a digital watermark into an image using the Fourier transform. To this watermark is added a template in the Fourier transform domain to render the method robust against general linear transformations. We detail a new algorithm based on polar maps for the accurate and efficient recovery of the template in an image which has undergone a general affine transformation. We also present results which demonstrate the robustness of the method against some common image processing operations such as compression, rotation, scaling, and aspect ratio changes

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IEEE Transactions on Image Processing  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 6 )