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Adobe: C2PA Releases Version 1.0 of Industry’s First Global Standard for Content Authenticity

C2PA Releases Version 1.0 of the First Global Industry Standard for Content Authenticity

Today the Content Provenance and Authenticity Coalition (C2PA) has published version 1.0 of its technical specification, and supporting guidance documents, for digital provenance. This specification is the first of its kind, giving content creators and publishers the ability to create tamper-proof media, by allowing them to selectively disclose information about who created or modified digital content and how it was modified.

C2PA is an independent, not-for-profit standards development organization co-founded by Adobe last year and led by a group of industry leaders including Adobe, Arm, BBC, Intel, Microsoft, Truepic and Twitter. The C2PA was created to provide publishers, creators, and consumers with flexible, opt-in ways to understand the authenticity and provenance of various types of media. C2PA’s work is the result of industry-wide collaborations focused on digital media transparency that will accelerate progress toward global adoption of content provenance.

Representatives from many industries – including human rights, publishing, hardware, software, cloud infrastructure and others – collaborated to write the 1.0 specification and study its use cases. During a public comment period, C2PA refined the draft and produced the full 1.0 version which is released today. As C2PA progresses, public review and comment will continue to be an essential part of how this work is done.

As Adobe’s Andy Parsons, senior director of the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI), said, Axios“The speed with which this [specification] was developed and implemented was nearly unprecedented.” Additionally, this C2PA specification powers content credentials for attribution of digital content in Adobe tools such as Photoshop, which was announcement in public beta at Adobe MAX 2021.

To mark the release, C2PA is hosting an event with discussions on the way forward and demos of what’s available now. The event is open to all with registration and will be visible later at the request of the C2PA website. (LINK)

Widespread adoption of specifications such as C2PA 1.0 depends on the hard work of advocates and implementers, who will build products from the document. This is best catalyzed by open source, where code can be shared and evolved without licensing or intellectual property issues. Any interested person, organization or company will be able to access three open source offers from the CAI team.

Now that the 1.0 specification is live, the next phase of digital content provenance begins. Sign up to receive updates on open source products and other news.

For more information on the C2PA 1.0 specification, visit the CAI blog.