JPEG organization aims to standardize DRM for image format

JPEG organization aims to standardize DRM for image format

The JPEG Commission is investigating how JPEG images can be secured with DRM. The Commission is looking to extend the standard with functionality that should improve privacy and prevent copyright infringement. The commission is also working on JPEG XS and JPEG Pleno.


The JPEG organization will research how images that are uploaded to social networks and photo databases can be secured. JPEG Privacy & Security should add new DRM (digital rights management) functionality to JPEG images that protect content, data integrity, copyrights and privacy while remaining backwards compatible.

The idea is that content producers can add privacy rules to images based on e.g. the number of users, their location or other parameters. It should also become possible to set the maximum number of views or downloads and it should be possible to add specific users rights to images. How this will function exactly is not known yet. The idea for the protection measure is still in an early stage. On the 13th of October the organization holds a public session where stakeholders can present their ideas on which functionality to add and how.

The JPEG Commission has also started with the standardization of the XS and Pleno systems. The JPEG XS technology low-latency lightweight coding system will aim at increasing resolution and frame rate while assuring visual quality and keeping power and bandwidth within a reasonable budget. JPEG Pleno aims to bring light-field, point-cloud and holographic imaging to the standard.