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    Re: Xpdf and PDF copy-control (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, March 12 @ 14:22:41 GMT

    “Copy-Control” may be a blessing in your case but I can think of a dozen exceptions to this rule.

    In my previous job, a (marvellously stupid) tech writer had managed to totally mangle the protection bits of the main documentation PDF file, in such a way that copying, printing, etc… was totally disabled.

    Needless to say, that was a major pain in the neck for Tech Support, Marketing and just about everyone who needed to print or quote from that fscking documentation.

    I had to sort the mess out — which took me all of 5 minutes (uncheck three options and restart Distiller), but it got me thinking: I have a friend who is blind. Who has been relying more and more on the Internet for sources of information and docs.

    What if the poor guy can’t use pdf2ps and ps2ascii (for instance) to read an important PDF file, just because some jerk decided his PDF file would not allow text copying? What about the idiotic tech writer mentioned above, who had no clue whatsoever and just locked every PDF file?

    What I am saying is: get rid of the fscking copy control. If you post PDF file on the Internet or on any kind of public network, you are, in essence, forfeiting any copyrights you may have had — any form of protection is futile anyway, since the elite script kiddies mentioned by some other poster will crack it anyway.

    Just my US$ 0.02…

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    Re: Xpdf and PDF copy-control (Score: 1, Funny)
    by Anonymous on Monday, March 12 @ 16:01:03 GMT

    I think you are confusing print quotas and file formats.

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    Re: Xpdf and PDF copy-control (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, March 12 @ 16:26:39 GMT

    It only really makes sense to encourage this idea in the context of “This could be a bad idea, lets not make it something that can be done without any thought.” My personal inclination is to simply make honoring tags the default behavior and allow it to be switched off. Even if it was merely a flag on the program’s command line, that tends toward being more than people would bother with before actually putting some thought into their actions.

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    sounds like what you REALLY need… (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 27 @ 16:20:10 GMT

    … is some good “print queue management” rules. You CAN prevent people from printing too many pages at once, or set per-day quotas. Whatever you want…

    Your concern is legitimate, but I dont think it belongs to a single application,

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