Earlier this week, Google researchers were able to remove watermarks on stock photos using an algorithm.
The algorithm is able to detect repetitive watermarks after analyzing a portal’s images. It then creates a mask that removes the semi-transparent layer from the images to restore it to its original state. However, minute variations on the watermark’s position, shape, or transparency can prevent the algorithm from reconstructing the original photo.
The researchers informed the stock photography portals of their findings, which were also presented at the 2017 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR 2017)
Source: Bleeping Computer