I'm working on a website that is subscription based. We are either linking or embedding the pdf's in an php page because we want the pdfs to be printable by the subscribers, but we don't want them to be able to copy the pdf. On the other hand we are also using google search on the site and while we want all searchers (not just subscribers) to find the pdf text, when they click on it, we want them to go to a 404 page which invites them to subscribe but not access the pdf until they are subscribed. Does anyone have any ideas? Feels like I'm up the creek without a paddle.
The copy protection is all done within Acrobat when you save the PDF. It is not something Dreamweaver can do. As far as the indexing goes, I wouldn't recommend the Google search. If Google can get to the file anyone can. Your best bet for file hosting is to protect the files and if you need an internal search you can do that instead. Or you could create your own PDF information page with an excerpt from the PDF, but not the whole PDF. This way Google indexes that text, but not the location of the PDF.