Text copy impossible in kpdf

Willy Hamra w.hamra1987 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 22 16:54:08 UTC 2008


I never knew there is such option in kpdf, i thought protected documents
have some kind of encryption that prevents the pdf reader of allowing text
copy or something like that, that's cool

On Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 11:15 PM, Ignazio Palmisano <ignazio_io at yahoo.it>
wrote:

>
>
> 2008/4/20, Donn <donn.ingle at gmail.com>:
> >
> > > > Is it a copy protected PDF? (silly question but worth a shot)
> >
> > > Not so silly: you are quite right. I was not aware of that
> > possibility,
> > > and that's just what happened to me. On ordinary files, kpdf works
> > > perfectly.
> >
> >
> > Isn't that a *tiny* bit DRM(ish) ? Just wondering, not sure I savvy DRM
> > really.
>
>
>
> I guess it's fair in some cases, and it is not in other cases... I've
> used it a couple of times in situations in which I didn't want someone
> to easily copy and paste from my stuff to his stuff (and I don't mean
> any someone, I had a specific target then ;) I was sure my work was
> likely going to be reused without notice or credit, and I was also
> forced to release it - that's what happens when you have a bad boss :D
> ex boss, I'm happy to say). As said in the follow up to this thread,
> it's not impossible to get the text out of the pdf, but it makes it a
> little harder, which was exactly my intention when I did that.
>
> I.
>
>
> Also, perhaps you can try "pdftotext" on a konsole:
> >
> > pdftotext yourpdf somefile
> >
> > Should let you open somefile as text and copy from it.
> >
> >
> > \d
> >
> >
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