protect downloaded files we've sold

Posted on 2014-02-21
Last Modified: 2014-03-11
We are building an online store where users can download files for their use.  I'd like to keep those files somewhat editable so they can customize but was wondering if there's anything out there that can prevent that file from being redistributed.

I realize this is probably part of a broader debate but since I'm a newbie, I was curious.
Question by:axessJosh
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If someone has the file then there is nothing to stop them giving to anyone else.
What type of files are we talking about?

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Depending on budget, you could look into Microsoft Rights Management Server.

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probably an editable .pdf, .doc perhaps.

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amclaughlin01 earned 122 total points
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The earlier link is a little outdated...

Here is a more current link:
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Gary earned 123 total points
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For pdf's you may want to have a read thru this and see if it is something you can/want do.

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