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How to disable copying your ebook with PDFCreator

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by jdn74, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. jdn74

    jdn74 Newbie

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    Pardon me if this has been discussed before, but I found a flaw with the current version of PDFCreator (0.9.8). I haven't checked previous versions, so if you have one, test it out for yourself.

    I'm currently writing a series of ebooks using OpenOffice. I've always liked OO for exporting to PDF. You can even disable copying under the security tab. However, I like the vast options that PDFCreator gives over OO's PDF export, plus the option of being able to convert non-OO files to PDF.

    So here is the issue. When you print your book to PDFC, click "options", click "format" on the left, and click the "security" tab, you'll see where you can check a button that disallows a user to copy the text and images. However, I found that if the encryption level is set to 40 bit, IT WON'T WORK! Make sure to set it to 128 instead.

    I bumped into this completely by accident when fooling around with the settings and then opening the corresponding PDF to see the result. I was trying to minimize people rebranding my books. Obviously the geeks will figure out a way to do it, but again the keyword here is minimize.

    I checked another ebook written by another author who went through all the trouble to password protect his book, but didn't disallow copying. Perhaps he thought he did and only used 40 bit enc. Oops.

    So theres your HEADS UP if you like using PDFC. Use 128 bit encryption.

    Later! :)
     

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  2. jdn74

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    Did I put this in the wrong thread or is no one using PDFCreator? Not a peep? Do I wreak of asshole or what?! Perhaps I should've put SCAM or FLAW or something in the title to grab attention? Or perhaps one of you is gonna tell me what a waste of time it was reading my thread like last time I tried to contribute anything. Well I may not have any ideas on how to rank #1 in Google, but I'm trying to contribute something! Give me a fucking break!
     
  3. werrich

    werrich Regular Member

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    why is it that u like pdfcreator better than oo for security? just curious because i use oo too. love it.
     
  4. GoogleBling

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    its pointless to try and protect pdf. scansoft have software for $20 that will just recognise the words and create a new pdf.
     
  5. nirose

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    ya there are more software like pdf decrypter available in warez to copy everything from of copy protected pdf file.