Re: [videoblogging] Prevent hotlinking (aka bandwidth theft)

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It's trivial to work around a referrer test. All you will accomplish with =

this is to ensure that your work goes unwatched.

As a side note, calling =
people thieves is much more unkind than the
situation calls for.

On Fri,=
16 Jul 2004, Jack Hodgson wrote:

> Thomas Scott, writing in A List Apart,=
proposes a clever way to block bandw=3D
> idth theft,
> aka HotLinking.
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> "…if someone tries to hotlink one of your images, it'll fail =97 the br=
owse=3D
> r, instead of
> receiving an image file, will receive the result =
of showpic.php , which is =3D
> sent as text/
> html . It'll realise it can=
't display it, and produce a broken image placeh=3D
> older.
> Bandwidth sa=
ved.
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> "On the other hand, if someone tries to link directly to your imag=
es, they'=3D
> ll get silently
> redirected to an HTML page with your credi=
t on it! No red X, no silly "deni=3D
> ed" image =97
> just a handy page th=
at shows them the image they want to see, and gives you=3D
> credit
> for y=
our work. "
>
> I wonder if this could be reworked to protect videos from h=
otlinking? I bet=3D
> it could.
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> http://www.alistapart.com/articles/hotl=
inking/
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> http://www.jackhodgson.com/weblog/
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> Yahoo! Groups Li=
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