[nycphp-talk] Making text hard to copy

Edward Potter edwardpotter at
Sat Aug 7 04:16:22 EDT 2010


I can always get a screen shot, shoot it  off to Amazon Turk and have it 100% transcribed and sent to my email probably in a few minutes.  

There is no way of 100% preventing a screenshot. The core DNA of the Internet is built on sharing.  No way of getting around that.   

You can make it a bit harder but impossible to prevent copying.  Just the nature of the beast.  

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On Aug 7, 2010, at 2:13 AM, Anthony Papillion <papillion at> wrote:

> Thank you everyone for your feedback on this problem. In the end, I think the most secure way of solving this problem is to output the text to Flash.   While I know it's fairly easy to download a Flash applet (which would, in essence, copy the text, I believe most of the people using this system won't know that and will be 'safe enough'.   Additionally, if I remember correctly, Flash content doesn't show up in a screenshot (though I could be wrong on this). 
> So thank you for the input. It's much appreciated.
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