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With c2pa.org Adobe is introducing a "Web3" standard to verify "asset creation provenance," see diagram below. The idea is to prevent the sale of "assets" on NFT marketplaces by anybody else than the creator. But of course the system does not prevent anybody from removing what is essentially a digital signature from your assets, or from signing unsigned assets.

As an alternative to using this thing, you could 1) register a domain under your name, upload your "asset" there, and 2) use the Internet Archive's "Save Page Now" on it before distributing it anywhere else. Perhaps this would even send a much stronger "trust signal," as Adobe calls it.

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@despens It's impressive, the levels of mind-melting complexity people are willing to construct in order to try to force digital things to act a bit less digital.

@despens Do you see this as something that will actually find much use "in the wild"?

@praxeology It will depend on how this is integrated into Photoshop and other mainstream tools, and who will bear the costs for computing, storing, and making findable all this metadata. But the design in its current interation does more harm than good even for its stated purpose. There's no prevention mechanism against the most obvious misuse possibilities.

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