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Lightweight Super-Resolution Model for Complete Model Copyright Protection

Department of Computer Science, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
LSWare Inc., Seoul 08504, Republic of Korea
College of Intelligence Information Engineering, Sangmyung University, Republic of Korea, Seoul 03016
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Deep learning based techniques are broadly used in various applications, which exhibit superior performance compared to traditional methods. One of the mainstream topics in computer vision is the image super-resolution task. In recent deep learning neural networks, the number of parameters in each convolution layer has increased along with more layers and feature maps, resulting in better image super-resolution performance. In today’s era, numerous service providers offer super-resolution services to users, providing them with remarkable convenience. However, the availability of open-source super-resolution services exposes service providers to the risk of copyright infringement, as the complete model could be vulnerable to leakage. Therefore, safeguarding the copyright of the complete model is a non-trivial concern. To tackle this issue, this paper presents a lightweight model as a substitute for the original complete model in image super-resolution. This research has identified smaller networks that can deliver impressive performance, while protecting the original model’s copyright. Finally, comprehensive experiments are conducted on multiple datasets to demonstrate the superiority of the proposed approach in generating super-resolution images even using lightweight neural networks.


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Cite this article:
Xie B, Xu H, Joe Y, et al. Lightweight Super-Resolution Model for Complete Model Copyright Protection. Tsinghua Science and Technology, 2024, 29(4): 1194-1205.








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Received: 09 June 2023
Revised: 02 August 2023
Accepted: 04 August 2023
Published: 09 February 2024
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