Software with Copy/Paste disabled…any way to bypass the restriction?

Dear Experts,

I am using an application that does not allow copying of text from within a textbox.

Is there any way to copy text from such a textbox so that it can be pasted into another application?

Thanks!
ttobin333Asked:
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McKnifeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
A quick workaround that ain't too bad would be to do  a screenshot and use OCR software on it. Microsoft OneNote (part of office) can do that and in seconds you have your text - the recognition varies from 100% to rather poor results on text, depending on the picture and font.

A real solution would require to analyze how that protection is done and to break it, which does not sound too legal.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Have you tried Ctrl-C to copy? Sometimes that works where Edit Copy does not.

However, what is noted above is important. It may simply be that what you are trying to do is not legal. You would have to advise us on that.
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ttobin333Author Commented:
Nothing illegal and no intention to hack the software.  Just looking for methods that can bypass such restrictions.

Ctrl-copy disabled.
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ThomasMcA2Commented:
Highlight/select the text, then right-click. Sometimes that works even when Ctrl-C is disabled.
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McKnifeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
ttobin333, I would not in any way suspect you to do something illegal, no. It's just that we don't know your application and therefore it seems possible that it's an application that protects content intentionally - if that were so, providing a way would be illegal. If not, so it is an application that simply does not provide the commodity of copying for no apparent reason, then you will have to ask the manufacturer or try the workarounds you were given (and give feedback).
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QlemoConnect With a Mentor Batchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
In theory you can search for the corresponding control's window handle, and try to access via that. Tedious...
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ttobin333Author Commented:
Thanks guys, you may have guessed already, but I am actually the author of the software and my intention was to make sure it is well protected. I apologize, I should have been more direct in my explanation.

All of the standard Windows copy/cut operations are intercepted in the code.

Any suggestions on protecting from the OCR on a screenshot workaround? Can screenshot operation can be detected programmatically?
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McKnifeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Screenshots might be interceptable but that would be a desktop-wide restriction, so it wouldn't work on any window while your program is running. And I have never seen anyone try.
There's also still the problem with real cameras.
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QlemoConnect With a Mentor Batchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
OCR software can be fooled by graphics only, like in good Captcha. You have no control over external  devices like Smartphones, and those are very likely to get used if someone is really interested in copying content.
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ttobin333Author Commented:
Thanks, guys!
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