I recently needed a simple partnership agreement for a band I’m working with. I grabbed one for a nominal fee from a national arts law organisation of which I’m a subscriber. It’s a good (enough) agreement, but the supplied PDF had Adobe’s security enabled so that it couldn’t have content extracted.

This is crazy. The organisation is happy to have the document copied by manually typing the thing into Word, but doesn’t want to make it easy for their customers by enabling cut and paste. I don’t get it.

What makes decisions like this even more bizarre is that I Googled “remove PDF copy protection” and in the top 10 results was a site that enabled the removal of the security restrictions simply by uploading the document.

The end result is the same … which begs the question, why?