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E-learning copy protection

Elearning Copy Protection: Protect e-learning courses from IPR Theft

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Protect elearning courses with Safeguard PDF security

To protect an elearning course (PDF)

In Safeguard Secure PDF Writer, choose the protection options:

  1. Stop printing, allow printing or limit the number of prints.
  2. Add dynamic watermarks to viewed and or printed pages.  Dynamic variables replace actual user and system data when the PDF is viewed/printed so you only have to protect the PDF file once for all users.
  3. Expire e-learning courses on a specific date, after a number of views, after a number of prints, or after a number of days from opening.
  4. Stop screen grabbing (even from remote connections).
  5. Log views and prints.
Safeguard’s default PDF protection
  • Stops users editing, copying and pasting content
  • Locks courses to specific devices so they cannot be shared with others
  • There are no passwords for users to enter, manage, or remove
  • Revoke e-learning courses and user access at any time regardless of location

Why Locklizard for Elearning Course Protection & E-learning Copyright Protection?

Locklizard protects elearning courses from piracy: prevent copying, protect your intellectual property & revenue

  • Device & location locking

    Control the devices and locations your elearning courses can be accessed from.

    • Elearning courses are automatically locked to authorized user devices so that they cannot be shared with others
    • You can optionally lock use to locations (e.g. a physical training location) to prevent use on BYOD outside authorized locations

    • You can control the number of devices your elearning courses are used on
  • DRM Controls

    DRM controls ensure your course content remains tightly under your control at all times enabling you to enforce copyright ownership and control.

    • Stop screen grabbing (even from remote connections)
    • Stop printing, allow printing, or limit the number of prints

    • Expire elearning courses after a number of days use, views, prints, or on a fixed date.

      By using expiry you can be certain only the latest course content can be accessed.  Elearning courses can be set to expire at different times for different users by changing access dates on the Safeguard Administration system.

    • Revoke elearning courses and/or user access instantly regardless of location
  • No Passwords

    There are no passwords or codes for users to enter.  Why you should not password protect PDF files.

    Keys are transparently and securely transferred to authorized devices and locked to those devices so they cannot be shared.

  • Dynamic Watermarks

    If you want to allow screen grabbing and printing then you can add dynamic watermarks to elearning course content.  When courses are viewed and printed, user and system information is dynamically inserted which identify the user (name, email,etc.), and shows the date/time, etc.

    You only have to protect an elearning course once for all users rather than having to protect elearning courses individually for each user in order to display unique user information.

  • Track Use

    Track views and prints to see what courses users are actively using.

    See when courses were opened, who viewed them, on what devices and from where.

    See how often they are being used and instantly revoke access if you think they are being misused.

  • Publications for simpler access management

    When you protect elearning courses, you can decide to give access to all authorized users, specific users, or those with access to publications (e.g. a complete e-learning course).

    By using publications you can add new content to existing elearning courses without having to assign access to individual users each time – if a user has been given access to a publication they can view any new content you publish to that publication automatically.

    You can also use publicatons to bundle together multiple training courses to simplify assigning user access.

  • Secure Distribution

    Ensure secure courseware delivery – unprotected content always remains under your control.

    • Secure elearning courses on your local computer – no uploading of unprotected files to the cloud where they could be compromised
    • Distribute protected elearning courses just like any other file – upload them to the cloud, your web site, send by email or distribute on CD, USB, etc.

  • Zero installation Viewers

    If you don’t want users to have to install a Viewer then you can publish elearning courses securely on USB devices for zero installation or for viewing in a Browser.

  • Simple to use

    Our elearning copy protection software is simple to use – secure courses by right clicking on PDF files in Windows File Explorer.

    The choose your copy protection options from Safeguard’s tabbed dialog.

    Manage users and document access from a web portal and delegate admin duties to multiple administrators.

  • Cost Savings

    No charges per course sold – just a one off fee for unlimited users and courses.

Locklizard takes protection of your elearning courses seriously.  Sell e-learning courses securely without insecure passwords or plug-ins, and enforce access, location, expiry, and usage controls.  Our DRM technology ensures your courses remain safe regardless of their location with US Gov Strength encryption, licensing, and DRM controls.  Course content is decrypted in memory and no temporary files are used.  Locklizard enforces copyright ownership and control of eLearning course materials and courseware, providing intellectual property protection and secure courseware delivery.

Protect elearning courses against Piracy, Theft, IPR and Revenue Loss

What is elearning copy protection?

If you look at the article on distance learning copy control  you will find a number of discussion points about the difference (if any) between elearning and distance learning, so we will not repeat them here.

Elearning copy protection focuses on ensuring that the recipients of elearning materials are not able to pass them on to others to use without the authority of the elearning course provider.

It may be that only a very small amount of the material being provided for elearning actually requires this level of control – a self-assessment module written in flash, perhaps, where the course provider does not wish to disclose exactly how they make an assessment (which marks go with which answers), or the range of scores for differing answers, and would not wish potential competitors to be able to make use of that information either.  The same would go for those who are selling elearning which has a tangible product at the end, such as a documented plan, study recommendations, model answers.

Naturally elearning copy protection can only be achieved by the use of cryptography in order to ensure that anyone copying a file can only make any use of it if they have access to the decryption key for that file.

Having access to the right cryptographic key is not the only thing that they must have.  They must have the tools and the software that know how to use the key, and the form and format it must be in if it is to be used.

As a result, if someone wants to make use of a copy of an encrypted file they need to be able to subvert the overarching administration system that grants access to keys.  And that is why online administration servers are so effective at controlling access to information.  Where they stand as the gatekeepers then the copier has little chance of evading the control system and producing an unencrypted version of the document for use.

Elearning copy protection is a matter of making sure that if someone who is not licensed to use your material cannot make use of a copy of your files unless you have granted them a license (which is not the same thing as them having paid to use your material(s) although in most instances that would be the case.  Even when you are promoting something by giving it away ‘free’ you may still wish to retain control over the IPR that you are distributing.  (In other words, free might mean that someone did not pay you a sum of money, but you are still not granting them the ability to copy and make use of your work in any way other than those that you choose to permit.)

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How to secure e-learning courses and online courseware

To secure e-learning courses and online courseware from piracy and misuse you need a security system that can stop unauthorized users from accessing content while controlling what authorized users can do with it (i.e. stopping copying of text or printing, or ensuring access automatically expires after a certain time).

Locklizard achieves elearning course security using encryption, licensing, and DRM controls.  Encryption ensures only authorized users can gain access to elearning materials, and DRM controls how content can be used (prevents misuse).  Licensing controls and encryption prevent users from being able to share courses with others by locking content to authorized devices.

Download elearning copy protection software

Download elearning copy protection software that uses encryption and digital rights management (DRM) controls to prevent copying and piracy of your elearning courses.

Control who can view your elearning courses, what they can do with them (copy, print, etc.) and when they can no longer be viewed (expire).  Enforce copyright ownership and control of eLearning course materials and courseware.  PDF DRM security software that stops unauthorized use and misuse of your e-learning courses.

See our customer testimonials or read our case studies to see why thousands of organizations use Locklizard PDF security to securely sell their elearning courses and prevent IPR theft.

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