Copy Protected PDFs and PIL

Philip Semanchuk philip at
Thu Nov 11 21:54:36 CET 2010

On Nov 11, 2010, at 3:28 PM, Brett Bowman wrote:

> I'm trying to parse some basic details and a thumbnail from ~12,000 PDFs for
> my company, but a few hundred of them are copy protected.  To make matters
> worse, I can't seem to trap the error it causes: whenever it happens PIL
> throws a "FATAL PDF disallows copying" message and dies.  An automated way
> to snap a picture of the PDFs would be ideal, but I'd settle for a way to
> skip over them without crashing my program.
> Any tips?

What operating system?

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