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Re: [Gnump3d-users] disallow download of mp3-Files

From: Chris Hendrickson
Subject: Re: [Gnump3d-users] disallow download of mp3-Files
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 16:46:01 -0500
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well, to remove the download link, under the "file_format" option,
remove the part that says [<a href="$PLAINLINK">Download</a>]

This however will not prevent people from downloading the music, only
add one more step to the process.

In order to truly disallow the people from downloading, do not grant
them access. The files must be available for download in order for the
player to play them. The .m3u playlists that gnump3d puts out are little
more than a list of http://server/directory/file.mp3 which can easily be
downloaded manually through a standard web browser, or even
automagically with something like wget. All gnump3 really does is run as
it's own web server that serves out mp3's generates m3u's on the fly,
and provide an easy to use interface to find the ones you want. Even
without the m3u, it's trivial to figure out the full path to the file
you want to download.

In addition, by making copyrighted music available, even streaming only,
to a semi-pubic audience, then all sorts of areas of copyright law that
pertains to broadcasts, public performances, redistribution, etc. and
the royalties/licensing associated with them can kick in and create a
major headache, especially if there is a large enough collection
accessed by a large enough set of users. Now, I'm not familiar with
copyright laws in Germany, but I would imagine, Bern Convention being
what it is and Germany being a signatory, that it would not be too
dissimilar to what we have here in the United States in that regard.

Unless you own the copyright to all the music it contains, a public
gnump3d server is probably not a great idea.

Bernd Holzum wrote:
> Hi,
> I would like to stream MP3-Files at a semi-public place via gnump3d. 
> I have to be aware of the music's copyright, so there should definitely be
> no "download" option for the user (which I find active in my default test
> installation here at home).
> So what would be the best way to make grabbing the music as hard as possible
> - let's say impossible for the normal, non-hacker type of user?
> Thanks for answer
> Bernd Holzum, Germany
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