[blindreplay] YouTube videos new

  • From: "Petro T. Giannakopoulos" <petrakigianos-giasou@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 05:03:40 -0800 (PST)

From the Applian Technologies Inc blog.
Applian Technologies Blog
Yesterday, February 15, 2009, 11:25:45 AM

YouTube cracking down on download sites
Yesterday, February 15, 2009, 11:25:45 AM | Bill Dettering
Looks like programs like Replay Media Catcher will soon be the only way to 
download videos from YouTube. TechCrunch's video download tool has recently 
been blocked by YouTube, and it's likely they will start to block other sites.

Here's the story:

What do YOU do about this? Use a PC-based download tool like Replay Media 
Catcher, which works free with YouTube. If you want the technical meat of why 
this will continue to work read on...

The way TechCrunch (and likely other sites) are being blocked is via the IP 
address of their servers. The server goes directly to the YouTube site, and 
pretends to be a web browser, and then figures out the download link. It's easy 
for YouTube to write a script to block certain IP addresses.

The "client" approach (like Replay Media Catcher) cannot be foiled in this way, 
since the IP address for the download request comes from an individual user's 
PC, and not a server. YouTube cannot tell the difference between your web 
browser, or a client running on your PC, since the IP address of the request is 
the same.

It will be interesting to see if YouTube continues to crack down on other sites.

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