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Protection of media
embryo




msg:670521
 10:18 pm on Aug 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

hi

i have a movie on a site which should only be viewed by members
now it is opened in a html window which has controls on it stopping the source being viewed and as such the directory where the file is stored

The prob is the url to the movie stays in the browser history of the viwer

Forgot to mention the url is to a virtual dir which then has a pointer to the real file.

The prob is if a user then looks at the url via their history in a new window they can view the source and thus the real location of the file.

So i want to make it that the file can only be accessed/viewed if the request has come from the server it is situated on - if poss

Any ideas on how i can do this?

Thanx

p.s. saw this:

[webmasterworld.com...]

regarding referring to a file by its name rather than its url but do not understand how.

 

danieljean




msg:670522
 1:54 am on Aug 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

If you don't understand the instructions linked in that post, you'll need to hire a sysadmin to implement that for you.

Now, I would like to warn you about something:
i have a movie on a site which should only be viewed by members now it is opened in a html window which has controls on it stopping the source being viewed

You're only kidding yourself if you think you can hide the source- it simply can not be done. In case you are doing this to protect your movie from being stolen, I should also mention that that too this is impossible to stop.

There are a few things you can do (e.g. only allow access to members, watermark each movie with the member name so you know who it is that stole it if resold or republished), but nothing will stop the technically savvy.

That's not to say that simple technical measures can't be worthwhile, however you should consider other ways to protect your content.

plumsauce




msg:670523
 5:55 am on Aug 30, 2004 (gmt 0)


if you use hotlink protection that is based on expiring keys and those keys are exposed only on a members-only page then not only can you ensure that the request comes from one of your pages, you also ensure that the request came from a logged in member.

sorry, not allowed to mention the actual name of the product here due to the tos.

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