How do you prevent people from copying content in PDF files.

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I just downloaded a report that was a pdf file. When I right-clicked on a pararaph in it a warning box came up that said copying wasn't allowed. I just finished a report that I want to give away but I want to protect the content in this way because I don't want the links or the afilliate links to be changed. How do I do this. I tried to protect it in OpenOffice.org but it didn't work. I use a Mac if that makes any difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author BizBoost
    Originally Posted by Ryan700 View Post

    I just downloaded a report that was a pdf file. When I right-clicked on a pararaph in it a warning box came up that said copying wasn't allowed. I just finished a report that I want to give away but I want to protect the content in this way because I don't want the links or the afilliate links to be changed. How do I do this. I tried to protect it in OpenOffice.org but it didn't work. I use a Mac if that makes any difference.
    I'm no newb, but I've never been able to simple copy/paste info from a pdf file... the only thing possible was to return the pdf into edit mode in either WORD or ADOBE PDF and then copy from the source.

    But, if you want to prevent any PDF you create from being edited in such a manner, you should choose to incorporate password protection.

    Google, "How do I password protect a pdf file?"

    Best,
    Eric
  • Profile picture of the author WinsonYeung
    You need to download another software especially for this to "lock up" your pdf ? I have chosen that in the past, but I have forgotten the name. Will post here if I remember it
  • Profile picture of the author Vince Runza Online
    Open Office will allow you to lock your PDF -- but you have to do that from the FILE menu, not the icon at the top.

    Export as PDF, go to last tab on the menu that pops up, select a password and choose your restrictions.

    HTH
  • Profile picture of the author Vince Runza Online
    It works for me if I uncheck "Enable copying of content". I have no idea what you're doing. If you're doing the same, I'm baffled.
  • Profile picture of the author protected
    There are many software available on web to secure your PDF Documents...
    You can download them from download.com
  • Profile picture of the author dave147
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  • Profile picture of the author Bev Clement
    Exactly make it difficult even if it's not impossible. Most people are lazy and don't want to bother with scanning or typing up a report/book.

    I lock most of my reports, and if they really want to steal it, then I plan to make it as difficult as possible. If they want to spend time scanning or typing or doing anything else, then nothing will stop them, but it might deter some from doing it.
  • Profile picture of the author BrianMcLeod
    Here's how to protect a PDF on the Mac in OSX 10.5.x (Leopard):

    Open the word processor document you want to protect and choose Print from the File menu.

    Then select Save As PDF from the pop-up menu at the bottom left of the Print dialog box:



    Next, it will give you the usual Open/Save dialog box to navigate where you want to save the PDF. Also, it will ask you for the meta information for the PDF (author, title, etc). Below that is a button called "Security Options", click that:



    Lastly, enter the options you want to use to protect the PDF (no copying, no printing, password protection to open, etc.):



    Done. And all built-in to the Mac operating system, no need to download or buy any third party anything!

    Best,

    Brian
  • Profile picture of the author Steven James UK
    Sorry guys but you all have valid methods but I must tell you, If somebody really wants to steal your content, these methods you have posted will not stop them.

    There is software available for free which gets round all passwords and protections.

    The ONLY way to completely stop it is if you write your text in PHOTOSHOP then save it as an image and apply the IMAGE of TEXT through-out your book. Only this will not stop people if they are keen, they will simply type it out.

    But it is the ONLY way to completely stop copy and paste. It's a bit time consuming though, but it gets quicker and easier with practice.

    I thought you guys should know that.

    Steven
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  • Profile picture of the author tj
    If you are worried about that someone steals your content - there will be always a work around to steal it. If you limit the options for your buyer for instance to print out the content you're maybe also limiting the chances that this buyer is buying your next product.

    Timo
  • Profile picture of the author Bev Clement
    Brian what you have done is password protected the whole file, and the rate of refunds on this is huge, because people don't always get the password, they then don't keep the password in the same folder so the file becomes useless.

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