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I'm looking for a video sharing site where I can post videos, but when a person views them they can't just click a button (like videodownloadhelper or youtube downloader) and save them. I want them to only be accessed via web. Does anyone have any ideas?

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If it could be done, YouTube would have done it. The simple fact is, the user must eventually receive the entire video file (even if it's in separate parts) to view it, and hence they can replicate it. – Hand-E-Food Aug 23 '11 at 4:27
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that if you disable video embedding this fixes the issue on Youtube (it worked with KeepVid for me) – user35263 Apr 11 '13 at 14:43
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There are ways to obfuscate the URL of embedded media through server-side scripting (and possibly using a database to store the URL), but ultimately the content must get served through a call from the browser and so any two-bit wannabe hacker can use programs such as wireshark or addons such as Tamper Data to find out the final URL, then can use a download manager to grab the URL.

Even if you had an encrypted HTTPS URL, there are still programs that can screen capture your video.

So what I'm saying is although you might find a site to upload that states they are able to hide links, if people want to download your video they will find a way if it is playable on the internet...so your best option is to probably find a site that suits your audience and accept people will probably find a way to rip it.

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If there is a site that offers any type of security that would be great. If they want to download the videos I want them to pay for it or work for it, i guess the goal is to not make it so easy by clicking a button and downloading the videos then they turn around and upload them to Youtube or something like that. – msindle Aug 23 '11 at 13:17
If you're trying to sell your video, your best bet is to have a preview file and then use a script that generates temporary URLs an processes the payment such as this one: codecanyon.net/item/secret-paypal-file-download/… – Paul Aug 24 '11 at 2:08

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