Re: protecting streaming mp3 files with

  • From: "Octavian Rasnita" <orasnita@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 22:34:28 +0200

I think this has no copyright relations. Copyright is something enforced by law while this type of protection is a technical protection.

The persons that need to use this type of protection usually care more about money than about accessibility for the blind or about usability and their first goal is to force the listeners visit their site and watch their advertising and not to make the sound as friendly and easy to listen as possible.

They are not bad. They are just trying to earn money like everybody else.

If a sound is protected by copyright only, and let's say that certain sound is free to listen just once then it requires payment, then that sound can be put as a simple free file anywhere on the web. If the visitors will respect the law, then they will download the file, listen it with Winamp or something else, then they would delete it if they don't want to pay. If the visitors don't respect the law, it is not nice to skip the law and make your own police, a technical police in this case, but... it works this way, so nobody cares about those who have accessibility problems.

Or by the way, because I might not know too much about those web-based media players, is there such a web based media player that can allow a blind person using Jaws to fast forward or rewind, or stop, pause and restart the sound again?


----- Original Message ----- From: <james.homme@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 9:17 PM
Subject: RE: protecting streaming mp3 files with

There could be a copyright issue with this.


James D Homme, , Usability Engineering, Highmark Inc.,
james.homme@xxxxxxxxxxxx, 412-544-1810

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            "Graham Hardy"
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Hi Andy - Why would you want to do this? From a usability point of view, it
isn't always pleasant to have to sit in front of a computer to listen to
files; I would much prefer to listen to them on another device. Indeed, I
find that I almost never make use of streams that cannot be downloaded, so
it is likely to repel some of your visitors. Of course, it depends on the
actual content: for instance, books must never be streamed (what if you
wanted to stop halfway and then resume a few days later?), whereas music
seems more workable this way, as does live content. -Graham.

From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Andy B
Sent: October 30, 2007 11:07 AM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: protecting streaming mp3 files with


I have to stream mp3 files from an 2.0 website. I am trying to
figure out how you can let any visiter to the site play them but not
download them. Most of the examples out there show how in flash, but is
there another way?

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