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Protect Your Digital Art With Wacom's New DRM Service Yuify

Introducing a new free digital rights management tool that helps artists secure their authorship and manage artwork permissions.

Wacom has launched Yuify, a digital rights management system that authenticates artwork by embedding invisible micro-marks, revealing creation details like date, artist, and origin.

Micro-marking or Yuifying is the process of securing your artwork with Yuify. It involves using a proprietary technology developed and patented by Wacom in your creative application to securely export your content, which injects invisible pixels into the export file format of your photo or digital artwork. 

The image quality remains, while Wacom Yuify creates a link between you as an artist and your own artwork along with a permanent online record stored on a blockchain.

See this artwork created by Jessica Priesmeyer below as an example:

This drawing was scanned with Yuifinder, an online lookup tool for registered images built within the Yuify app, available to other platforms to inspect the secured record of the artwork. Just drag and drop an artwork in Yuifinder to find if it has a Yuify record and if so, from whom.

At the time of writing, Yuify is only compatible with 2D images in JPEG or PNG format. It's currently available as a Photoshop plug-in, with support for Clip Studio Paint and Rebelle added last month.

Sadly, according to Wacom CEO Nobutaka Ide, this service won't prevent art from being scraped to train generative AI models. If you're still interested in self-managing your artwork with Yuify's licensing system, it's currently in open beta and is available in the US, the European Union, the UK, Norway, and Switzerland.

Sign up for a Wacom ID and follow the instructions on how to get started with Yuify. Learn more about the service here and join our 80 Level Talent platform and our Telegram channel, follow us on InstagramTwitterLinkedInTikTok, and Reddit, where we share breakdowns, the latest news, awesome artworks, and more.

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