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Method To Implement A Rating System For Image Files

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016028D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jul-12
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In todays world of almost unlimited information access, quite often a person may come across image files containing depictions of violence or images of a sexual nature. Images of this type are not suitable for viewing by minors. This invention describes a method to allow software designed to display images (JPEG, GIFF etc.), the ability to determine the nature of an image and then disallow the viewing of the image based on settings put in place by a parent or guardian. An image file such as a GIF file will have inserted into its file format a value representing the type (rating) of image the file depicts (e.g., violence, pornography). The image rendering application before displaying the image will compare the image type value stored in the file against the setting that a parent or guardian previously set using a function of the image rendering program. If the value of the image type stored in the image file is not compatible with the setting of the image rendering application, the image will not be displayed. The image type value can be placed in the image file by applications used to edit or create images. 1

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Method To Implement A Rating System For Image Files

In todays world of almost unlimited information access, quite often a person may come across image files containing depictions of violence or images of a sexual nature. Images of this type are not suitable for viewing by minors. This invention describes a method to allow software designed to display images (JPEG, GIFF etc.), the ability to determine the nature of an image and then disallow the viewing of the image based on settings put in place by a parent or guardian.

An image file such as a GIF file will have inserted into its file format a value representing the type (rating) of image the file depicts (e.g., violence, pornography). The image rendering application before displaying the image will compare the image type value stored in the file against the setting that a parent or guardian previously set using a function of the image rendering program. If the value of the image type stored in the image file is not compatible with the setting of the image rendering application, the image will not be displayed. The image type value can be placed in the image file by applications used to edit or create images.

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