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Topic: Copying from a TEXT tool protected pdf
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 118846
From: Plado
Date: 9/16/2004 08:18 PM

I've just discovered that a Service Manual I down-loaded free from SONY has some kind of Copy Paste protection encryption in that my Reader 4.0 has the "T" Text tool greyed out. So is the command to select any of the document.

As I only required to Copy one small paragraph of one section of the document so I could send that "quote" to someone in email for their own private use and information. I was amazed to find the document Encrypted to prevent this.

Isn't there any software around that can temporarily disable this lock-out? I don't wish to steal the document, or make money out of selling it, or back-engineer any of the software. So I think it's particularly swingeing of some corporations to force the user to print 200 pages just to get one English bit of the translation. After all I am using the document in conjunction with a real product that I have bought, and already given the corporation the profit from my purchase.

All's fair it seems in Love and Commerce !

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