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This paper makes an account of the design and investigations done for the still image watermarking technique used in the 2nd edition of the BOWS challenge. This technique is named "Broken Arrows" for some reasons given later on, and abbreviated "BA." This zero-bit algorithm is an implementation of a recent theoretical result by Merhav and Sabbag (2008) with precautions taken with respect to robustness, security, and imperceptibility. A new robustness criterion, based on the nearest border point of a cone, is proposed. The security constraint is taken into account by increasing the diversity of the watermark, sculpturing and randomizing the shape of the detection regions.
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