incrediBILL - 8:51 pm on Apr 6, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: incrediBILL at 8:56 pm (utc) on Apr 6, 2013]
And how would browser DRM stop someone hitting the screen capture button Bill ?
Always problems, never solutions.
Windows and XWindows are messaging systems and the print screen mechanism can send a broadcase message to all open applications and if any of them respond "NO" then the operation displays "APPLICATION X CONTAINS COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL AND IS UNABLE TO HAVE A SCREEN SHOT CREATED AT THIS TIME"
As a matter of fact the browser application can, if I remember my Windows programming assuming things haven't changed, hook the messaging queue and stop a screen shot request itself without having to alter the screen shot tool. There are other screen shot tools out there which would also be defeated when they attempt to gain focus of your window, assuming they won't follow some simple DRM rules of asking the Windows if they can be copied before executing the screen shot.
You got problems, I have simple solutions.
Obviously there are ways to get around it like use old tools and don't update or write your own but the fact is the average Pinterest user isn't going to jump through hoops to pin an image which is why it's so popular. The image pinning is easy and when it requires a lot of work, which screen shots and image clipping require, then you only have the real hardcore users left as you've already severed the rest of the herd from using it unless they go to sites like Flickr or websites that claim to be PINTEREST FRIENDLY which will happen as some want their branded images out there as it's free marketing.
Plus, if the Pinterest people go around telling people how to defeat DRM then they may become liable themselves depending on how far they go as that fine line between first amendment (in the US) free speech and inciting people to do wrong has already been tested more than once. Sites showing how to defeat DRM have been taken down before depending on which country it's in and based on some new US laws on seizing IP theft (knock off products) site domains there's already a scary way to get rid of them anywhere in the world but I'm not sure I'd like to condone such actions. Ick.
Argue all the points you want but some embrace Pinterest when it's used properly and others despise it for all the wrong reasons because it simply makes a pervasive issue, image theft, more pervasive because we've never actively pushed the makers of browsers, editors and screen shot tools to solve the problem.
If a comprehensive plan were put before them and those software vendors flat out said no then you know they don't care that they're part of the problem and need some legislative encouragement to do what image makers want them to do because without images those websites in browsers would look pretty boring.
[edited by: incrediBILL at 8:56 pm (utc) on Apr 6, 2013]