[sword-devel] Printing an encrypted module?

Ben Morgan benpmorgan at gmail.com
Thu Aug 27 01:24:49 MST 2009

Encryption on modules stops people using modules which they haven't paid
for, while stilling allowing installmgr to download them.
Content control (stopping printing, copying, etc.) is a completely different
issue, and may be relevant even for non-encrypted modules.

God Bless,
Multitudes, multitudes,
    in the valley of decision!
For the day of the LORD is near
    in the valley of decision.

Giôên 3:14 (ESV)

On 27/08/2009, David Haslam <d.haslam at ukonline.co.uk> wrote:
> Presumably an encrypted Bible module is still printable (as well as
> displayable) by any frontend SWORD (or JSword) application that has a print
> option?  Tell me if I am wrong.
> Suppose therefore that a frontend application existed that has print dialog
> options that can be selected to print from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation
> 22:21, then in theory, the whole Bible text can be printed in one go,
> right?
> There is nothing to stop anyone developing a frontend with such a feature.
> All our code is open source.
> Since printer drivers abound that can print to PDF or other electronic
> formats, the whole text of a locked module could therefore be output to a
> PDF file, with no security properties preventing further copying.
> So what does locking a module really achieve?
> Anyone seen the emperor's clothes recently?
> -- David
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