This paper provides a preliminary investigation on digital watermarking as an effective technology to protect property rights and limit distribution of multimedia data. First, crucial properties and design requirements of watermarking schemes are discussed. Then, as watermarking techniques finds many applications in healthcare industry, aspects of medical image watermarking are raised. Nowadays, the transmission of digitized medical information has become very easy due to the generality of Internet. However, the digital form of these images can easily be manipulated and degraded. This causes problems of medical security and copyright protection and poses a great challenge to privacy protection using watermarking techniques.
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