The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0407 Friday, 22 June 2007
From: Gabriel Egan <
Date: Thursday, 21 Jun 2007 22:28:16 +0100
Subject: 18.0392 Shakespeare Reworked
Comment: Re: SHK 18.0392 Shakespeare Reworked
Roger Leeming wrote
>Now I have completed almost all of the plays . . .
>The work is in PDF format thereby preventing
>copying and printing . . .
PDF format doesn't prevent copying and printing, although to sell copies
of their authoring software Adobe will tell you that it does. (Google
'crack PDF' to find any number of utilities that will strip off the copy
But why would you want to prevent users copying and printing your work,
Roger? Did you ever xerox a page of a book or article to help you do
your work? Imagine if the xerox machine company and the publisher of the
stuff you wanted to copy were in cahoots, and had found a way to prevent
you copying that page. Wouldn't you feel that your legitimate creativity
was being stifled? If so, consider the creative users of your work and
remove this intended barrier.
The most you can achieve by locking your stuff away is frustrating
legitimate users with limited technical skills. Anybody who really wants
to exploit your work for purposes you don't support (say, republishing
your work for money you won't see) won't be stopped by Adobe's digital
locks, or indeed anybody's locks: there are no uncrackable locks.
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