Copy Protect Web Plugin for Moodle

Moodle plugin for copy protectionThis plugin enables the insertion of CopySafe Web encrypted images and copy protection to 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.

By simply adding a CopySafe Web encrypted image, copy protection can be applied to the web page and all of its media including video (but not PDF*), protecting them from all copy, PrintScreen and screen capture. Your protection settings can be modified at any time by simply editing the shortcode in HTML view.

  • Copy protect images displayed on web pages.
  • Safe from PrintScreen and all screen capture.
  • Images cannot be retrieved from browser cache.
  • Domain-locked images cannot be displayed elsewhere.
  • Images stored on the server are safe from webmasters.
  • Encrypted images 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 [C] icon above the HTML editor toolbar where the cursor was last placed in the text area. After uploading or selecting an existing image 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 image area
 Height   Height in pixels of the image area
 Border Frame Add a border to the image nominating frame thickness and color 
 Hyperlink Add a clickable link to the image and nominate target frame 
 CaptureSafe  Enable protection from Print Screen and screen capture 
 KeySafe Disable use of web browser menus (browser-dependent) 
 RemoteSafe Prevent access to computers using remote or virtual connection

CopySafe Web Licensing

While this CMS add-on is free, the encrypted images to upload need to be created by the CopySafe Web software.

CopySafe Web Version Detection

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

Download the CopySafe Web plugin for Moodle

Different packages are available for different Moodle versions. The main difference between these is in the page editor because every time Moodle upgrades, they use different TinyMce resources and the insert control for adding CopySafe Web starts from the page editor's toolbar.

Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 3.9 and later  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 
Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 2.9   Download 
Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 2.8   Download 
Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 2.7   Download 
Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 2.6   Download 
Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 2.5   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.

CopySafe Web Moodle Plugin Modes

There are 3 mode settings to choose from in the plugin's default settings:

  • Demo : This option will add a placeholder image at the designated location.
  • Licensed : To use encrypted images created by the CopySafe Web software.
  • Debug : Use this option to check the HTML code that is added.

Using the CopySafe Web Moodle Plugin

1. On the edit article, click on the [C] CopySafe Web Button at the bottom of the Editor, this will open a popup window.
2. On this popup window, you can upload and embed a CopySafe Web protected image 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 image class files or select from a list of already uploaded class 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 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 image that have a [.class] file module.

Until you have a CopySafe Web software license and real encrypted images, or if you just want to use this Moodle module in demo mode to add protection from right-mouse click and drag-and-drop, you can use the encrypted image included with the download or this one. While this 20 x 20 pixel image may not be registered for your website on the Internet, it will function on any test server running at localhost. When prompted to upload or select your first image, you use this one to get started.

CopySafe Web encrypted images can be be displayed at their original size (calculated from the file name) or they can be rescaled by setting width and height in the shortcode.