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Sites using my flv links in their player!



8:50 pm on Oct 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I am using jeroenwijering's flv player in my blog , it is a cool player.

My problem related to bandwidth:

Many sites are using my flv links in their players!

My server was down many times because hotlinking, it is simply kills my server/bandwidth.

I tried to use htaccess to block these thieves:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^http://(www\.)?example.com/.*$ [NC]
RewriteRule .(gif¦GIF¦jpg¦JPG¦rar¦RAR¦flv¦FLV)$ http://www.example.com [R,L]

Basically it works fine but it also blocks the flv files in my site - My Visitors can't play them online!

This code works fine with other extensions but with streaming it is not useful. The same problem with mp3 files.

I do not care if visitors download the files (view source) from my site but i want to stop an external sites from hotlinking directly to the flv file. It is unfair. They can download the files and upload it to their sites. My bandwidth is not cheap.

I have to say the htaccess file is located at public_html.

I found this post but unfortunately it talks about other player.

Any solution?



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