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Method and Systems for Reproducing and Sharing Photographs Across Geographic and Chronological Distances

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016317D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

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This publication introduces two means of sharing photographs and other forms of scanned content via direct internet connection to remote receiving locations for paid pickup . It describes the process using photographic reproduction as an example; however, the same innovation can be applied to any high quality reproduction services, such as xerographic and other forms of scanned media. In today's environment, the process of sending photographs may be cumbersome. The innovation described below would reduce that process to merely scanning the photograph and selecting the service provider (a drugstore in the chain located in the remote city, in this case) nearest the destination location and sending the photo via IP directly to the high quality reproduction machine on the other end. The remote recipient could be called by the provider in the remote city, and pick up the picture as though they had developed it from their own film at their "local" drugstore. Further note that existing storage technology and web access methods could be used to store scanned photographs/documents at the scanning site for a chargeable period of time. Stored documents could be accessed via remote users over an Intranet/Internet and sufficient copies reproduced with appropriate fee recovery mechanisms like a credit card swipe on the printing equipment. If the Internet were used to allow general access, the image file might have to be designated as non-reproducible until a fee had been paid. To elaborate, a developer of film or a printer of pictures could store an individual's photographs for years to come, perhaps with an electronic watermark on each, so that the customer could order a desired photograph from the collection with or without the film negative, for a fee to be to the provider. A practical example, describing sharing of a photograph with relatives, will now follow: 01. User travels to reproduction service provider; 02. User scans original photo into photo reproduction machine; 03. User scans credit card, (or otherwise pays for reproduction, enlargement, etc.); 04. User prints high quality photo reproduction; 05. User visually confirms photo is of quality content desired to share; 06. User enters contact data for remote recipient, (Name, phone number, email address); 07. User selects quality/quantity of photo(s) for delivery; 08. User selects remote service centers for receipt of photo.; 09. User receives electronic, (or printed), receipt that the photo has been received at the remote location; 10. Recipient travels to local service provider and picks-up or processes photo. Equipment at photographic reproduction centers could be used to store pictures for customers with appropriate identification and capability to allow for future search and reprint. A practical example, describing storage of photographs and subsequent reprint for a wedding display, is as follows: