How To Copy Protected Text From The Web

First of all: with this article, I do not intend to encourage illicit copying of intellectual property , but to facilitate that a text can be worked with for informational purposes. Any illegal use of this information is the sole responsibility of the perpetrator, not the author of this text.

For my profession, writing texts for different publications, it is very comfortable for me to copy the text that I have in an e-mail or web page, in the same text sheet that I use to compose my text, in order to consult what they can be , for example, the specifications of a product.

This is almost always possible, but on a small number of occasions I have come across a page that prevented it, protecting the text against copying . For example, the last case, just a few days ago, was this ionizing gun , the descriptive text of which cannot be copied.

How is it possible to do this?

Web pages are still plain text files that reference external elements such as image files. If it’s plain text, how can it be that it can’t be copied?

The functionality of copying a selected element from within the page can be disabled through different programming techniques using a tool as simple as JavaScript , compatible with all web browsers. You have to know how to program it, but it is quite simple to do it from source code, and any programmer can search for a solution already created through the Internet, so it is not even necessary to develop the solution.

The great advantage of these techniques is that they are compatible with all web browsers (browsers) in all operating systems and, therefore, the protection they offer is total… but not very good.

How to bypass protection

In the specific case of the page that I have indicated , the first impulse was the correct one: visualize the source code of the page. There was the full text, which I was able to copy onto the text sheet so that I could consult it as I wrote my article .

But not happy with that, I decided to use Google Lens to extract the text , something that can be useful, for example, when you do not have your computer and want to save the text to make an annotation.

Google Lens is a mobile app from the search engine company that recognizes images and, among the services it offers, is text recognition and transcription . This basically means that if we come across a printed sign on the street, we can use Lens to capture the text in a digital format that we can later modify.

To do this, first of all we must install the app on our computer or Android tablet (for iOS, it is integrated into Google Photos and the Google app). Its interface is simple, and it looks like any camera app. And, as in these, at the bottom we find their modes of operation. The one we are looking for now is the text one, which we will select :

Here, what it is about, is to frame the text that we want to copy until it is highlighted and, then, click on the button (the big one, the one that in a camera app would be the trigger to take the photo):

Then we can operate with the text, being able to listen to it through voice synthesis or by selecting it . Click on this last option (select all), to be able to work on it.

Once selected, we can copy it to the clipboard of our terminal system, or do it on one of the computers that we have with Google Chrome installed :

If we choose the option of copying it to one of our computers, a dialog box will open that will allow us to choose the machine to which we want to allocate the text. This will be available on the clipboard, and we can paste it into any application.


by Abdullah Sam
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