[Last Call] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now

x
?
Solved

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

Posted on 2015-01-18
10
Medium Priority
?
2,731 Views
Last Modified: 2015-01-29
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!
0
Comment
Question by:ttobin333
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
  • +2
10 Comments
 
LVL 57

Accepted Solution

by:
McKnife earned 1200 total points
ID: 40556795
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.
0
 
LVL 99

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 40556829
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.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ttobin333
ID: 40556903
Nothing illegal and no intention to hack the software.  Just looking for methods that can bypass such restrictions.

Ctrl-copy disabled.
0
What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:ThomasMcA2
ID: 40556908
Highlight/select the text, then right-click. Sometimes that works even when Ctrl-C is disabled.
0
 
LVL 57

Assisted Solution

by:McKnife
McKnife earned 1200 total points
ID: 40557178
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).
0
 
LVL 71

Assisted Solution

by:Qlemo
Qlemo earned 800 total points
ID: 40557221
In theory you can search for the corresponding control's window handle, and try to access via that. Tedious...
0
 

Author Comment

by:ttobin333
ID: 40559115
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?
0
 
LVL 57

Assisted Solution

by:McKnife
McKnife earned 1200 total points
ID: 40559159
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.
0
 
LVL 71

Assisted Solution

by:Qlemo
Qlemo earned 800 total points
ID: 40559246
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.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:ttobin333
ID: 40578833
Thanks, guys!
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

New Windows 7 Installations take days for Windows-Updates to show up and install. This can easily be fixed. I have finally decided to write an article because this seems to get asked several times a day lately. This Article and the Links apply to…
While working, an annoying popup showing below will come and we cannot cancel or close it form the screen. The error message will come again and again.
The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…
Want to learn how to record your desktop screen without having to use an outside camera. Click on this video and learn how to use the cool google extension called "Screencastify"! Step 1: Open a new google tab Step 2: Go to the left hand upper corn…
Suggested Courses

829 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question