Researchers at google have unmasked a vulnerability where watermarks can be removed from images.
On a blog by google, it was stated that: “As often done with vulnerabilities discovered in operating systems, applications or protocols, we want to disclose this vulnerability and propose solutions in order to help the photography and stock image communities adapt and better protect its copyrighted content and creations”
The vulnerability exploit extends across any watermarked image and does not matter where the watermark is positioned.
Further reading from google blog here:
Further exploration of forensics for images can be explored here via an online tool: https://29a.ch/photo-forensics/#forensic-magnifier