Protect streamed files from being downloaded

Rob Schultz rschultz7 at
Thu Jul 3 02:50:36 MSD 2008

yea youtube doesn't hide the url you can use
if you got a url for youtube to access a video then you can download copy
it. What he is more wanting is something like youtube's personal videos.
Where you specifiy what friends can access what video. So limiting to
authorized users.
It was already mentioned in this thread

but to use the directive on a
directory with your flv videos. And then use X-Accel-Redirect header ( to redirect to the internal
location after your application has authenticated them else your can just
send a 403 forbidden header to the client or custom page saying access
denied. *

*On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 3:04 PM, Roxis <roxis at> wrote:

> On Wednesday 02 July 2008, Thomas wrote:
> > Hi Marcos, that's exactly what I meant. I would like in the future to
> > stream video and music that has copyright on it, and to do that
> > legally I will have to negotiate with the music/video companies and it
> > is compulsory that the content cannot be simply downloaded by typing
> > the url in a browser or using wget, this is an absolute requirement.
> > Not everybody knows how to dump or screencast what is going on the
> > screen/audio card or even copy the cache content.
> youtube way: hide the url )
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