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    Posted: 24 Mar 2014 at 5:40pm
Protection Question for PDFs (or other file types -- all ideas welcome!)

I have a professional book, that is about 2" thick and is referred to by all in our organization on a almost daily basis (though each typically has their own copy).  It is a pain to thumb through this book, so I had the binding cut and scanned it in as a PDF.  I've added bookmarks and the text is searchable, so it really is great!

I don't want to share the scan with all in our company without certain precautions because I wouldn't want it to cause problems for the copyright holder.  I wanted to see if there were any ideas on how the scanned book could be shared but restrict their ability to "Save/Save As" and distribute it.  Any ideas on how to this within Acrobat or outside would be welcome and appreciated!

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No way with normal tools. If your company has licensed LiveCycle Policy Server it could be used to restrict opening of the file (not copying or sharing it). This is heavy duty corporate security software.
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If the file is on network work drive in a specific directory your IT staff should be able to restrict access to the directory to specific users. This requires IT to want to do this.
 
You could password or certificate protect the file for opening and then distribute the password or certificate to the users. Other users need to keep the password or certificate secure.
 
 
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You might consider protecting it with a password that only you know and you do not share. Sharing it with even one person may well breach your company's requirements to obey copyright law, and land you in trouble. And if what you've done is attractive, it will spread like wildfire (I've seen it happen, and I see you are worrying specifically about that). 
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