[OT] Software protection schemes

camm29 at tesco.net camm29 at tesco.net
Tue Aug 30 11:17:17 EDT 2011

It does seem so pointless ...........

I just sent it to PDF Printer and it removes the security.


---- Richmond Mathewson <richmondmathewson at gmail.com> wrote: 
> I downloaded a passport application form today:
> http://centralcontent.fco.gov.uk/resources/en/pdf/central-content-pdfs/form-c1.pdf
> Now, as I am having a "printer crisis" at home, I decided to take the 
> PDF document up to my school to print it, via a Flash drive.
> Hey-Ho; when I got to the school and opened the PDF all I got was a 
> single-page blank document.
> So, back home, poking around in the PDF I found that it is "(SECURED)"; 
> which seems to mean that I cannot copy what I have downloaded from the 
> internet onto any sort of portable media.
> *   So I opened the application form with GIMP and exported the 5 pages 
> as JPEG
> *   files, copied them onto my Flash drive, ran up the road and printed 
> them.
> Now this process took me all of 3-4 minutes.
> So, what on earth was the point of the document being "(SECURED)"? 
> Presumably the computery people who do "that sort of thing" for the 
> British authorities are well aware that all that stands between their 
> 'protection' and doing what on earth you want is just a spot of lateral 
> thinking?
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Any form of software protection can (and almost inevitably will) be 
> overcome. So,
> the only real reason for it is just to slow people down a bit.
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