Copy Protect PDF Files


Copy protect PDFCopySafe PDF provides the most secure PDF protection on the planet. Copy protected PDF are safe from all copy and with DRM applied your PDF are protected from sharing and unauthorized distribution. The data and intellectual property contained within a CopySafe PDF cannot be extracted or exploited in any way.... it is for reading only and by who you choose to allow.

CopySafe PDF software provides 3 different output types:

  • Distribute copy protected PDF for desktop reading with password and/or expiry date.
  • Distribute copy protected PDF with DRM to prevent sharing and unauthorized distribution.
  • Display copy protected PDF on your web pages that are locked to your site using domain lock.

CopySafe PDF files for desktop reading can be distributed by email, download and on disk, or they can be displayed on web pages using one of our free CMS plugins for DNN, Drupal, Joomla, Moodle or WordPress. However desktop reading is the preferred method option because with DRM applied, authors have total control over all aspects with immediate effect on any changes made, even on PDF already saved to a user's computer.

CopySafe PDF Protection Options


Your PDF documents can be copy protected for easy distribution and/or with DRM applied to prevent sharing and unauthorized distribution and plagiarism.

  • Encrypt PDF for desktop reading with optional DRM or online web page display.
  • Prevent all copy including PrintScreen and screen capture.
  • Prevent printing or limit the number of prints.
  • Limit number of views to a number of visits.
  • Expire by calendar date or expire by days/hours from first use.
  • Limit usage to 1-3 computers per subscriber with computer lock.
  • Enable access by group or individual token.
  • Multi-language support (including right-left).
  • File encryption and decryption not limited by file size.
  • Advanced strength encryption does not increase the file size.
  • Online DRM portal account included for free without limitation.
  • Sell from our online book store for automated purchases/subscriptions.
  • Track sales and usage per document and subscriber.
  • Online Book Cover Design tool integrated with your DRM account.
  • One-time software purchase - free support and upgrades for life.

Who benefits the most by using CopySafe PDF?


Almost anyone who needs data protection that cannot be exploited in any way. Sure, it may be conceivable to use weak protection on ebooks that are sold cheaply, but expensive online courses, corporate data and other intellectual property that may be mission critical, needs to be properly protected to protect the livelihood of their owners and authors. Copy protection for PDF and ebooks cannot get better than  CopySafe PDF.

Download Trial Software


Here you can download the free CopySafe PDF Reader and a trial version of the CopySafe PDF Protector:

Windows download CopySafe PDF Protector Download 9.04 Mb 
Windows download CopySafe PDF Reader * Download 7.8 Mb 
Windows download * ArtisBrowser (includes CopySafe plugins)  Download   59 Mb 

The CopySafe PDF Reader is free software and can be distributed with your protected PDF files. The CopySafe PDF Protector software is also free to use but until it is licensed, protected PDF will be limited by a watermark.


CopySafe PDF DRM Trial


Here you can evaluate our DRM portal for free for 14 days.

The CopySafe PDF DRM portal will enable you to upload and convert a variety of document types for evaluation of our DRM and copy protection. Although the demo doesn't include all features such as group, subscriber and token management or usage tracking, you can still experiment with the different protection settings and send test documents to friends to see how effective our DRM and the prevention of sharing really is.

The CopySafe PDF DRM portal can be managed from any device that can access the Internet, enabling you to upload documents and manage sales and subscriptions from any computer or mobile device. Click to create your Demo DRM account now.

CopySafe PDF Demos Online


While most authors prefer to distribute protected PDF for desktop viewing with DRM applied, some do insist on keeping their users on their web site by displaying their protected PDF on their web pages. For that purpose we provide add-ons for most popular CMS such as DNN, Drupal, Joomla, Moodle, and WordPress that greatly simplify the task.  The ArtisBrowser will be required to visit these demo sites:


CMS Add-ons for CopySafe PDF


These free add-ons will enable you to upload and display copy protected PDF on your web pages from your online page editor:

DotNetNuke Extension for copy protection DNN Module Download 464 Kb  More info 
Drupal module for copy protection Drupal Module Download 505 Kb  More info 
Joomla Extension Download 663 Kb  More info 
Moodle module for protected PDF Moodle Plugin Download 724 Kb  More info 
WordPress Plugin Download 245 Kb  More info 

Purchase CopySafe PDF Software


Each license includes free support and upgrades for life, the DRM Portal service for free without limitation, use of our online book cover design tool and the promotion/sales of ebooks without limitation in our online book store free of commission.

The licensing for the CopySafe PDF Protector software is per computer (the one used to encrypt your PDF). The order form will automatically calculate the discount for multiple licenses. Although licensing is required, the software is not required to upload and distribute PDF from your DRM account.

CopySafe PDF Protector Software   For unlimited use on a single computer      $295
CopySafe PDF Domain Lock  * License for web page display per site   $95*

* Proof of Protector license is required when ordering Domain Lock.


Note: That the CopySafe PDF Reader is free to redistribute to your users without any limitations. It is only the encryption software (the CopySafe PDF Protector) that needs to be licensed. Both the Protector and the Reader are supported on all 32-bit and 64-bit computers from Windows XP to Windows 10.

Frequent Questions and Answers


  • How does CopySafe PDF compare to other secure document solutions?

    Other solutions are not secure at all while CopySafe PDF provides the most secure protection from all copy, prevention of sharing and unauthorized distribution, and cannot be extracted or decompiled in any way.

  • Can CopySafe PDF be opened by Adobe PDF Reader and others?

    No. Adobe and other PDF readers are designed to be generic and as such are not secure. The only reader that can open CopySafe PDF is the CopySafe PDF Reader which is why it remains as the most secure document solution on the planet.

  • Can the CopySafe PDF Reader be branded?

    Absolutely not. Fake protection readers offer branding but the CopySafe PDF Reader does much more and at system level. So reputation and code-signing is most important for Windows and security applications to allow the Reader to do its job.

  • Can the CopySafe PDF Reader be distributed with my documents?

    Yes. The CopySafe PDF Reader is a free download to the public. However we recommend giving your subscribers the link to download it direct from our web site so that they will always get the latest version.

  • Can CopySafe PDF documents be distributed in an executable Reader?

    No. Distributing executable documents is something that we innovated only to learn soon after that it posed problems as later versions were released that caused conflicts and errors. It is always best to distribute individual documents that can be read in the CopySafe PDF Reader which can be updated as and when necessary.

  • Does CopySafe PDF increase the file size of the document?

    No. Although the document is encrypted to the nth level and cannot be decrypted by any application except the CopySafe PDF Reader, the file size of the original document does not increase.

  • Can CopySafe PDF documents be searched from the Internet?

    Absolutely not. The content of a CopySafe PDF document is protected and only accessible to authorized users while using the CopySafe PDF Reader which can be used to search while the document is open.

  • Is CopySafe PDF licensing a one-time fee or are there other costs?

    Licensing for the CopySafe PDF Protector software is a one-time fee that includes use of the online DRM portal, the online book cover design tool and the online book store for free for life.

  • What type of files can be protected by CopySafe PDF?

    Any type of files that can be converted to PDF. However PDF with embedded video and music is not supported. In fact a good rule of thumb is export/save the PDF for Adobe Reader version 8.0 or earlier as later effects and tricks are dependent on JavaScript and CSS that may only be supported in the latest versions of Adobe Reader.

  • Are hyperlinks and bookmarks supported?

    Yes. Bookmarks within the same document are supported and hyperlinks to resources on the Internet are also supported. But bookmarks linking between separate CopySafe PDF documents are not supported.

  • Is it necessary to be online to open a DRM protected document?

    Yes. Your subscribers and document permissions are managed from your online DRM portal, so to gain approval to open a DRM protected document the subscriber must be online at the time.

  • Can I use CopySafe PDF with DRM in an intranet or corporate network?

    Yes. The CopySafe PDF DRM software can be purchased and installed on your Windows server making your DRM service completely in-house and independent.

  • Can CopySafe PDF be displayed on web pages?

    Yes and we do provide modules for all the popular CMS like Drupal, WordPress, etc. However since late 2015 all popular web browsers have dropped support for real plugins, leaving only the ArtistScope web browser to support plugins that can action at system level. The plugins now supported by popular browsers can only be based on JavaScript and CSS and are thus limited to simple apps.

  • Publishing for desktop reading vs web page viewing?

    While web page display of protected PDF may seem like a good idea, it is not as secure as desktop reading and can be limited because only the ArtistScope browser can be used. Most online courses use the desktop publishing option with DRM applied because not only is it very much more secure by preventing sharing, authors can distribute by email, download and on disk while maintaining TOTAL CONTROL over all aspects with immediate effect on any changes made, even on documents still out in the wild or already saved to a subscriber's computer.

  • Can CopySafe PDF be read on all devices and OS such as phones?

    No. Windows is required. However Mac can install the CopySafe PDF Reader by running Windows in a Parallels partition.

  • Are there plans to extend CopySafe PDF support to other OS?

    Not possible. All non-Windows OS are useless for real copy protection because they cannot prevent copy at system level and cannot reliably identify the user's machine to properly enforce DRM. Authors publishing their intellectual property for such devices do so at their own peril.


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