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WoW Screenshot Watermarks?

An article called Looking inside your screenshots on Ownedcore alleges the use of digital watermarks in World of Warcraft screenshots that include the player's account ID, a timestamp, and the IP address of the realm where the shot was taken, noting this can be used by Blizzard to identify hackers as well as the location of illicit private servers for the MMORPG. They say they can confirm this functionality was added sometime between 2008 and 2010, and note the concern that this opens up WoW players to potential exploitation. Thanks Ant via Slashdot.

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13. Re: WoW Screenshot Watermarks? Sep 11, 2012, 16:22 jdwohlever
 
Wouldn't using something like FRAPS or Raptrs screenshot overlay keep the watermark from showing up?
If the watermark is shown all the time then that would be some sort of overlay, which is very easy to bypass as well.
Worse case scenario, alter the contrast or color depth on the image and watermark goes away pretty easy.
I was going to purchase watermark tools for my 3D art until I discovered that they don't actually promise something from being distributed or altered, but rather watermarks are only good for keeping items pristine to prove ownership or that something was unedited.
Editing a watermarked image can easily destroy the watermark at least that has been my experience when testing out various watermark methods.
 
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