Copying Issues on the Web

Security has been a growing issue on the internet. Every website is trying to make its contents more secure. Some security features on some websites does not allow users to copy any data or information that are displayed on it. Usually these are done to safeguard copyright related features that the website owners do not want others to re-produce. We might want to copy some text from the browser, word processor, text editor, spread sheet, email client or any other application.

As such when we try copy anything from this webpage and paste it elsewhere, you might get the display a message telling you, “Text Copying Disabled”. The source text is not displayed at all. The copyright owner’s name is also displayed along with this message.

Being unable to copy and paste error affects all the other running programs in the system. When such a message is displayed, the user will not be able to copy from any other application as well, even if the other application is a non-browser editor. Here too the same error message is displayed. No matter what text the user tries to copy and paste, everywhere the result is the same, “Text Copying Disabled”. The exact text that has been copied does not appear.

The reason behind this error being transmitted to other non-browser application is still unknown. Even disabling the JavaScript on your web browser does not resolve this copy paste issue. This copying disabled problem keeps recurring. The block implementation is still unknown, and perhaps it is done through Flash or other similar web components.

When this error message is displayed the clipboard becomes completely inaccessible by the user. The user will not be able to copy any text or any images, pictures, or other graphics. The clipboard memory simply becomes unknown location and the system cannot hold any copy paste items.

Over days of research, it has been concluded that the “Text Copying Disabled” blocking has been created, loaded, and opened in any tab or window in that web browser. This usually occurs on the web pages that have data of marketing research or online survey. This is done by these websites to safe guard the data being copied by its visitors. They usually are the data that are pretty sensitive, and therefore they are protected from being copied by other users.

Some of the popular companies that use the disable text copying feature are Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates and PSB Internet Survey, or Opinion Guru.

To fix this copy paste issue, simply complete the survey on the web page that is not allowing you to copy data. After the survey is completed close the window or tab where the survey was open. If the problem persists, i.e. you are still not being allowed to copy paste from any other application, then close all the web browser that are open at that moment including Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or any others.

If the copy paste function is still not enabled, then delete all the temporary internet files or empty all the browser caches from your web browsers. These steps will surely allow you to resume the copy paste operation on your system.