Copy Protect PDF Plugin for Moodle

Moodle plugin for copy protectionThis plugin enables the insertion of CopySafe PDF documents into Moodle posts and pages from the Moodle page editor. Without this module adding HTML to activate a browser plugin would be an arduous task, even for experienced web developers. But that task has been greatly simplified.

Simply upload the encrypted PDF file that was created by CopySafe PDF, nominate the protection settings to use, then the editor will insert the generated shortcode at the cursor position. Your protection settings can be modified at any time by simply editing the shortcode in HTML view.

  • Copy protect eBooks and PDF documents displayed online.
  • Safe from PrintScreen and all screen capture software.
  • Encrypted PDF cannot be retrieved from browser cache.
  • Domain-locked PDF documents cannot be displayed elsewhere.
  • Encrypted PDF documents stored on the server are safe from webmasters.
  • Encrypted PDF documents cannot be saved or scraped.

How this Moodle Plugin Works

When editing a page or post, you may insert the short code by clicking on the [PDF] icon above the HTML editor toolbar where the cursor was last placed in the text area. After uploading or selecting an existing PDF class file (from a previous upload), you can then nominate the security settings to use for the page or post. Different pages can use different security and display settings:

 Width  Width in pixels of the PDF viewing area
 Height   Height in pixels of the PDF viewing area
 Print Count   Enable printing and/or limit number of prints 
 Print Anywhere   Restrict printing to virtual or hard-wired printers 
 Allow Capture  Enable protection from PrintScreen and capture
 Allow Remote  Prevent computers using remote or virtual access
 Language   Set the language used in toolbar messages
 Background   Set color in the unused area of viewer window 

CopySafe PDF Licensing

The CopySafe PDF Protector enables the encryption of PDF documents for distribution by email, download and disk with copy protection options and the ability to assign DRM control. It can also convert protected PDF for display online, from a web page, using the web browser plugin included with the CopySafe PDF Reader. Such documents encrypted for online use do not need to be domain locked. However, domain locking is most recommended to prevent their display on other websites.

Every CopySafe PDF Protector license provides for unlimited use and includes free DRM hosting to manage subscribers. But it does not include licensing for online display using Domain Lock. If the Protector is unlicensed documents distributed for local viewing will include a watermark and documents displayed online with a Domain Lock will not be secure. ArtistScope oversees the use of domain lock in CopySafe PDF by requiring the registration of each separate site (fee applies).

CopySafe PDF Version Detection

When CopySafe PDF is used on a web page, if a visitor does not have the reader module or ArtisBrowser installed, they are redirected for download and install instructions. This Moodle plugin includes everything needed for this task including download and error pages.

Download the CopySafe PDF plugin for Moodle

Moodle cannot install this plugin automatically as three (3) pages need to have code added manually and this module also requires a special editor module for the TinyMce toolbar. The step by step instructions are included in the readme and PDF user-guide.

Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 4.0 and later  Download 
Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 3.9 to 3.11  Download 
Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 3.8  Download 
Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 3.7  Download 
Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 3.5  Download 
Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 3.2   Download 

Install Instructions for Moodle

The packages and install instructions are very different between Moodle versions, mainly because the tiny_mce editor changes between version. Each package includes a readme.txt and user-guide in PDF format that will provide specific instructions.

Using the CopySafe PDF Moodle Plugin

< Once ths plugin is installed, you can add CopySafe PDF to your courses and pages from the inbuilt HTML editor. When adding new content by creating a new resource as a "page" you can work without layout limitations and display the PDF at any size that you desire. However when adding new content by adding a resource for "CopySafe PDF" you may be limited on the size that can be displayed, in which case you may have to modify your Moodle templates to increase the width/align position in your respective theme CSS.

Adding CopySafe PDF to Moodle Web Pages

Video Tutorial: How To Copy Protect PDF on Moodle Web Pages
  1. On the edit article, click on the [PDF] CopySafe PDF Button at the bottom of the Editor, this will open a popup window.
  2. On this popup window, you can upload and embed CopySafe PDF protected PDF in your current article. When inserting a protected image object, the necessary short code is automatically inserted into the post editor.
  3. You can upload new PDF class documents or select from a list of uploaded files.

After selecting an image class file you can then set the security options to apply to the page such as:

  • Enable or disable protection from PrintScreen and screen capture
  • Enable or disable the option viewing by computers using remote or virtual connections
  • Enable or disable use of browser menus
  • Enable or disable use of the keyboard

Note that you can only upload protected PDF that have a [.class] file extension.

You can create encrypted document files from the demo version of CopySafe PDF Protector (click to download). Until you have CopySafe PDF software and a protected PDF you can use the protected documents provided here. When prompted to upload or select your first document, you can use those to get started.