[nycphp-talk] Making text hard to copy
ramons at gmx.net
Fri Aug 6 23:13:46 EDT 2010
On 8/6/2010 21:50, Anthony Papillion wrote:
> I'm starting to work on a system that will require a bit of extra security.
> One of the security protocols the customer's decided on is that the outputted
> page should be fairly hard to copy. Yes, I know making an HTML page uncopyable
> is impossible but I want to make it as hard as possible.
> So far, I've come up with the following possible solutions:
> - Put all the output on an image and disable right click
> - Output a PDF
> Both of these solutions really feel nasty to me and don't really solve the
> problem at all. Does anyone have any other ideas?
An image would be better, copying text out of a PDF is a piece of cake. And
even with all the protections in place one can always make a screen shot and
use OCR. All you can do is making the process a bit more annoying. If the
customer doesn't want anyone to copy the content, don't have them put it on
the web. And in that sense, why bother with any tricked out web site. Either
put it out there and be prepared to have it copied or don't do it. It is
possibly one of these cases where management tries to solve a management
problem with some technology. That usually fails.
Other options would be audio. The text gets recorded and you play the audio
file. Any optical means fall flat here. So the only way is to use voice
recognition or stenography. Could even do video, maybe that gives an option to
present the content nicely.
In the end there is always a way and the real question is, how much damage
could occur if indeed someone copies and distributes the content. If that
would be potentially bad the next step up is paper copies and an NDA. At least
the customer has something to base a lawsuit on.
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