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Remove PDF password restrictions using ColorSync
Authored by: mubarak on Dec 30, '05 11:41:48AM

macshome wrote on Fri, Dec 30 '05 at 06:04AM
> You might find the lack of ability to print a PDF irritating, but it's the right of
> the media creator to put it in place.

It is the right of every digital media producer to introduce whatever DRM their corporate policy dictates. It is also the right of every consumer to make fair use of whatever digital media they own.

As Steve Jobs told the RIAA, he has PhDs working on DRM, and a completely secure DRM is impossible. Making PDFs that one can read but can't copy or print is very analogous to music and DRM. Choices faced by PDF creators are no different. Go back to LPs, or welcome to the brave new digital world. Printing to a printer, and using Display PDF on the screen, are essentially the same thing. That is what guarantees WYSIWIG. That is why it would be impossible to implement any meaningful DRM in PDFs.

Especially on a Mac.



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Remove PDF password restrictions using ColorSync
Authored by: peterhoneyman on Dec 30, '05 10:40:05PM
here's the steve jobs quote and citation.
We have Ph.D.s here who know the stuff cold, and we don't believe it's possible to protect digital content.
Steve Jobs, Rolling Stone interview, December 3, 2003


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Remove PDF password restrictions using ColorSync
Authored by: el bid on Jan 04, '06 03:05:45AM

>It is the right of every digital media producer to introduce whatever
>DRM their corporate policy dictates.

What do we mean by "right" here? To obfuscate and publish at the same time doesn't strike me as any kind of natural right. I believe we need to be more fundamentally critical of this seemingly self-evident idea. Going back to Tom Jefferson is a useful starting point for thinking about this.



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