International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

A method of operation, apparatus, and product are provided for using watermarks for embedding security features in avatars of the virtual world. A watermark engine receives security information for an avatar that is in a virtual world. The watermark engine creates an avatar watermark using the security details. It then associates the watermark to the avatar. The watermark could include at the very least the following: privacy preferences for the avatar, contact details for the owner of the avatar, and graphic information that causes a change to the avatar when the avatar is recorded.

A video recording can be used in real life to capture events and people when they occur. Home videos are a frequent use of medium , and usually are not a source of liability issues. But, the recording of content could infringe on the rights of other people, especially if it is utilized for commercial use or displayed publicly. participants). In these situations, discretion may be necessary to display and share the video’s content. Sometimes, consent or releases are required from the participants of the video. A signed contract that grants the permission to use pictures from somebody else or of other images that are the property of another is often enough to secure a release.

Images in a virtual world can be recorded. To keep others from recording the avatar it is possible to modify the avatars recorded.

As per a representative embodiment of the invention described hereinafter, a computer-implemented technique is offered for embedding watermarks as security features into avatars within the virtual world. The method is based on receiving security information regarding an avatar in an environment that is virtual; making watermarks that contain the security information; and affixing the watermark with the avatar. The watermark can comprise at least one of the following options: security preferences for avatars, contact informationforan owner of the avatar and any other graphical information that might result in a change to the avatar when it is recorded.

In one instance, the watermark comprises an option to secure the avatar, as well as graphic information that can alter the image of the avatar when the avatar is captured. An avatar engine is activated whenever the watermarked avatar is recorded by the user.

A user’s identity is compared to the security preference. The avatar engine alters the avatar image recorded if the identification of the user is not in line with the security preference.

A computer system that embeds security features onto avatars in the virtual world is a different version of the invention as per another embodiment. The computer system includes an internet-connected server a plurality clients through an internet network; a virtual environment program stored in memory that is a computer-readable programmer of instruction that can be executed by the processor to generate an interactive virtual world for members from the diverse client group; and awatermark program which is stored in the memory. This watermark program allows the processor to embed watermarks of security on avatars. The server is comprised of an interconnected processor and memory. The watermark program is a computer-readable code that permits the processor to create a watermark on the avatar that contains security information; get security information about an avatar in an environment that is virtual; and connect the watermark to the avatar.

A computer program which embeds security functions into avatars that are virtual is an additional embodiment of the invention. The computer-generated program comprises a computer-readable storage media with encoded instructions for programming a watermark for an avatar in a virtual world. Program instructions include instructions for creating an avatar, including security information, instructions for the program for creating a watermark and instructions on how to associate that watermark to the avatar.

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