Taking a detailed look at Windows Vista DVD hologram

Microsoft has been quick to explain why the holographic image on the face of the Windows Vista DVD includes a microscopic picture of three men who just so happen to be members of the team who worked on the Windows Vista DVD hologram design. Microsoft's Anti-Piracy Team designed a counterfeit-resistant digital "watermark" for the non-encoded surface of Windows Vista DVDs. Multiple images are contained in the hologram design, all of whose inclusion serves to make it more difficult to replicate a Windows Vista DVD. The other images are of old master works of art that are in the public domain.

The images are less than 1mm in size and are not visible to the naked eye, so must be viewed using optical magnification. Their presence does not affect the contents of the DVD and these security measures were never intended to be impossible to find, but rather difficult to reproduce. While it's extremely difficult to replicate a holographic design in general, the inclusion of original images makes it that much more so.

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News source: Windows Vista Team Blog

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I've heard if you chuck your Vista disk high into the air it will float and preform an awesome laser show with old skool techno music to accompany. The finale is the best where a 3D hologram of bill gates dances to the funky, funky beat.
THATS how you know you've got a genuine copy and THAT is why it's worth £200!

kezzzs said,
I've heard if you chuck your Vista disk high into the air it will float and preform an awesome laser show with old skool techno music to accompany. The finale is the best where a 3D hologram of bill gates dances to the funky, funky beat.
THATS how you know you've got a genuine copy and THAT is why it's worth £200!

LMFAO

By law, Microsoft are bound to protect their intellectual properties, this means that they need t obe seen to be doing everything they can to stop piracy - otherwise it sets a precedent - not only for Microsoft but for IP law as a whole.

But these images - all well and good, but I bet 99% of pirate copies will have "Vista" scribbled on the front of a blank CD in marker pen.

agreed, i alwasys burn a copy of my legit disk to do installs as when you are installing on lots of PC's (volume license before you all complain) it is too easy to get scratched disks, which is a nightmare.

Correcting you aldrlandon you can buy a pirated Vista DVD for 50cents not 5$ I just checked there price on the street when returning from office.... and NO it is not diffcult to find legit copy of windows or whatever (atleast here in Pakistan) I have a ligit vista 64-BIT ultimate ... came directly from MS office here in Pak picked it up my self from there office for USD 215 (OEM 64-bit)

I don't think it will make much of a difference for their situation on piracy (considering you can't see it with the naked eye, how would you even be able to tell??), but I think that that really is cool. If I ever get to use a really high power microscope I will definitely take a look at my vista DVD (Its definitely genuine, though because it was sent directly from Microsoft in Redmond to me because I was in their beta program). Also, another reason I can't imagine this will have much of an effect on piracy is because most people download it, instead of buying a pirated dvd for $5. Also, most people know they are pirating it and are doing it on purpose (except in countries like China, where its almost tough to find a legal copy).

I agree with what you said but I do think the holographics more to catch people mass producing large volumes of pirated disks rather than the individuals buying them. Sure you cant see them to the naked eye but if MS ever had to take someone into court over it it would be a good means of getting evidence then.

And it's also good to see these highly advanced holograms had such an impact on the Chinese street market and otherwise unorganized or organized piracy.

Well of course it isn't going to stop piracy. I think the intended use is probably more for evidence in court cases. But anyways, if nothing else, it looks cool... ^_^