Thursday, June 14, 2007

Windows Vista DVD hologram mystery faces

I came across this Spanish Blog about 3 people appearing on the Vista DVD, it was really interesting. Here is translated link. The post was about image of three men that was embedded into the hologram on Windows Vista DVDs. Who are these men?He had used a Nikon 5700 for it. Just have a look at the photographs courtesy i2d.internet.informatica.diseƱo

There were lots of talks , theories going on the net about these pictures. But finally got the answer , so the mystery of three men was solved. It was posted on the Windows Vista Team Blog by Nick White.

"The real story is interesting, but conspiracy theorists will be disappointed to learn that it is not the result of a deliberate attempt to deceive. The photo displays members of the team who worked on the Windows Vista DVD hologram design. Microsoft’s Anti-Piracy Team designed a counterfeit-resistant digital "watermark" for the non-encoded surface of Windows Vista DVDs. The photo in question is only one of multiple images contained in the hologram design, all of whose inclusion serves to make it more difficult to replicate a Windows Vista DVD. The other images are of old master works of art that are in the public domain. These images are part of numerous other security measures that have been designed into our media, packaging and certificates of authenticity. Hence, even though this image has been reproduced on the Web, there are many other features providing further security.

The images are less than 1mm in size and are not visible to the naked eye, so must be viewed using optical magnification. Their presence does not affect the contents of the DVD any more than would applying a label to the front of an audio CD you may have created at home. These security measures were never intended to be impossible to find, but rather difficult to reproduce. While it's extremely difficult to replicate a holographic design in general, the inclusion of original images makes it that much more so.

Incorporating optical security into our physical media is just one of many efforts to ensure that Microsoft customers get what they paid for. You can learn more about Microsoft’s anti-piracy measures at our How To Tell site; the holographic images used on the Windows Vista Ultimate DVD are discussed here."

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