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Add identifiable watermarks to downloads

Add identifiable watermarks to downloads

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I post homework and solutions as PDF files for my students to download.  Inevitably they end up on chegg or other online spaces against my explicit instructions.  I'd like to be able to add a watermark to downloaded files displaying the username of the user who downloaded the file so that these uploads can be traced, which would hopefully be enough of a deterrent to prevent it from happening in the first place.  

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Stefanie
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@peter_beyersdor 

Thanks for sharing this idea. As it moves forward for broader conversation, you might be interested in trying out an HTML workaround that is meant to disable downloading of the PDF altogether (I haven't used it myself, but others have employed it successfully):

 

<p style="font-size: 0px;"><a class="auto_open instructure_scribd_file" href="https://community.canvaslms.com/courses/YOUR COURSE NUMBER/files/YOUR FILE NUMBER/download" data-api-endpoint="https://YOUR INSTITUTION.instructure.com/api/v1/courses/YOUR COURSE NUMBER/files/YOUR FILE NUMBER" data-api-returntype="File">this text does not appear</a></p>

 

 

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