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Hi, I'm trying to figure out how to prevent users from "hotlinking" to mp3 files on my web server. Here is how I want the website to be: 1) Users ...
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    Prevent Hot Linking -- Wimpy Player


    Hi,

    I'm trying to figure out how to prevent users from "hotlinking" to mp3 files on my web server. Here is how I want the website to be:

    1) Users can listen to music using Wimpy Button (http://www.wimpyplayer.com/products/wimpy_button.html).

    2) Users should not be able to download music directly.

    Here are the two problems I'm facing:

    1) The mp3 files must be under DocumentRoot.

    2) .htaccess cannot be used to restrict access because Wimpy Button sends blank http referer.

    Any suggestion would be appreciated,
    --Michi

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    I haven't used .htaccess extensively or for a while but if the Wimpy button was going to be the only thing sending a blank http referer, then surely you could use .htaccess to exclude anyone who does send one? Or have I missed the point?
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    Hi Odd_bloke,

    The problem is that the Wimpy Button is not the only thing sending a blank http referer. The http referer value is blank if the request is a URL type-in. So the users can simply type in the URL of the mp3 file and listen to and/or download the music.

    --Michi

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