Photoshop and Couterfeit Twenties
A few months ago I wrote how companies making printers and copies adhere to government requests by embedding serial numbers and dates in anything printed. (More Info) Today, I learned that software companies also cooperate in the prevention of counterfeiting.
While scanning a twenty today I was surprised to see the following message.
Of course, my purpose for scanning wasn’t counterfeiting. I planned on creating a single sided bill with someone’s face photoshoped in as a party favor. I did find a way around it and was able to paste the image into Photoshop. I won’t post the results here since it’s still probably illegal. Clicking the Information button will take you to a web site for Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group at http://www.rulesforuse.org/
“The CDS(Counterfeit Deterrence System) has been voluntarily adopted by hardware and software manufacturers, and prevents personal computers and digital imaging tools from capturing or reproducing the image of a protected banknote. The technology does not have the capacity to track the use of a personal computer or digital imaging tools.”
Side Note: Adobe must be proud that “photoshoped” has become a common verb.