Zoomify Hacked, da VInci's Judas Released 1gigapxlUnder_score+1 (1610199) writes "About two days ago an outfit dubbed "zoomready" released two small pieces of the Last Supper on torrent sites. No big deal. Now they have upped the stakes- and theoretically deconstructed the popular zooming applet zoomify. From what it appears http://www.haltadefinizione.com/ took a 16 gigapixel picture of Leonardo's famous work in Milan, Italy, and posted it online in their own tricked out zoomify applet. Somehow "all" of the roughly 250,000 tiles, measuring 256 pixels each were acquired, possibly de-watermarked(the samples on the site reveal no watermark or artifacting I can see), and seamlessly stitched together in the correct order to produce a massive multi-billion pixel copy of the source. A torrent of a significant portion of that source measuring 46"x92" including Judas, Peter, and John is on thepiratebay.com as the first result for the search "da Vinci." With 30 peers right now it will only be a day or so before I'm taking this down to the university to have printed at 44" wide. What I wonder is how the Italian ministry of Art and Culture feels about this, or if they care; the picture was taken in conjunction with them, and the painting itself is not exactly open to the public to see. The legality of sequestering a public domain image that's knowingly being given away is sure to be brought up at some point if these guys go through with making full size reproductions and touring them in the US, which, word on the street is, is the plan."
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