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For those of you who come across PDF documents in which the document's creator has restricted the ability to copy text to the clipboard, here's a simple workaround: Highlight the text, then from the application menu (i.e. Preview or Acrobat) choose Services -> TextEdit -> New Window Containing Selection. Now you can copy and paste from the new "Untitled" TextEdit window. Sometimes it is just that simple.

[robg adds: We covered another technique in an older hint. There are legitimate reasons for doing this, such as wanting to reformat the text, being able to print the document's contents (if that feature was also disabled), or maybe to combine pieces of several documents into one personal-use-only combined document. As long as you're using what you create yourself, and not sharing it with others, there shouldn't be any copyright concerns.]
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Copy text from protected PDFs to other apps
Authored by: ezthrust on Jun 24, '04 01:11:38PM
No, there shouldn't be any copyright issues, but you could technically be charged under the DMCA.

Stupid, stupid law.

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Copy text from protected PDFs to other apps
Authored by: roncross@cox.net on Jun 24, '04 02:23:40PM

Keep in mind that Dmitri Skylarov was found not guilty of violating copy right laws.

thx
RLC

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Copy text from protected PDFs to other apps
Authored by: illovich on Jun 24, '04 06:34:29PM

I'm not sure what the copyright concern would be. Assuming you "own" the right to have the document, you are legally allowed to retype exceprts etc. (and thus copy sections).

Just because Adobe put restrictions in the software doesn't mean that you've lost your rights, and given that you are simply using a feature of the operating system to copy the selection, I'm not clear how this would violate the DMCA.

Stop letting technology tell you what you're allowed to do!

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Copy text from protected PDFs to other apps
Authored by: jbeek on Jun 24, '04 07:06:13PM

Or you could use this:
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/23618

" PDF-Recover can be used to decrypt protected PDF files, which have "owner" password set.

PDF-Recover will allow to open decrypted files in any web browser with Acrobar Reader - without any restrictions.

PDF-Password creates a 1:1 copy of your PDF-file without any password limitations, that means you can set edit, copy, print functions enabled and so on."

It can VIEW the PDF - You can unlock it!!



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Copy text from protected PDFs to other apps
Authored by: miraz on Jun 24, '04 10:20:05PM

Fantastic. This has solved a problem for me.

I note it also works with other applications which offer a similar function in the Services menu. I've had success with Copy to Tex-Edit Plus, Make new VooDooPad page, clip to NoteBook, Open Selection in iSpeakIt, Summarize and View in Columns (ie in Tofu).

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Copy text from protected PDFs to other apps
Authored by: hagbard on Jun 26, '04 06:42:43AM

I'd say that if they wanted to sell you the scores in the first place, but put so many restrictions, then it falls in the 'darwin award' type of foolishness, and you should go and buy something else.
Vote with your feet !



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Doesn't Work for Me at All
Authored by: m5comp on Jun 27, '04 07:48:45AM

I have a protected PDF that I downloaded from the web a few months ago; only printing is enabled. I don't have Acrobat (Reader doesn't support services); opening this document in Preview, selecting text and then selecting Services-->TextEdit-->New Window Containing Selection results in a blank window. The older hint referred to (opening the print dialog box and then choosing "save as file" from the Print-->Output Options dialog) doesn't work, either. The PDF file format option is grayed-out; although the PostScript option is available, the resulting file can't be converted back to PDF format (double-clicking it produces a conversion error).



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Copy text from protected PDFs to other apps
Authored by: jcull on Jun 25, '04 09:56:36AM

This doesn't work for images, though... any suggestions for printing a protected .pdf with the images intact? Specifically, I'm trying to print a piece of sheet music to show a choir director in order to get him to order a hundred copies or so... which is the whole reason they put it online in the first place, but then copy and print protected it!!! Argh.

Thanks!



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Last Resort: Option-Shift-4
Authored by: GORDYmac on Jun 25, '04 10:43:22AM

Set the page view to fit in window, and copy each page individually.



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Copy text from protected PDFs to other apps
Authored by: OSX_Apprentice on Jun 26, '04 08:48:49PM

Well, the easiest thing would of course be to e-mail the PDF to the choir director, right?

However, if you really want to print the PDF, one work-around could be to take screen shots of the pages you wish to print and then print the screen shots. Quality will not be superb and you cannot edit the text with this method, but it would print.

Just in case you didn't know... to take a screen shot of just one window: Press command-shift-4, then hit space bar and then click on the window you wish to capture.



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Copy text from protected PDFs to other apps
Authored by: Pamella on Oct 02, '11 09:10:22PM

I was also not able Copy text from protected PDFs to other apps then i gave a try to this PDF unlocker utility named PDF security removal tool. Basically it removes all the restrictions on a PDF document due to applied owner password. You can give it a try, here is a download link

www.pdfsecurityremoval.com



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