We serve short snippets (4-10 min) of full-length copyrighted movies
for the purpose of direct college course support.
As everyone has mentioned, copy-protection can be broken much of the
time, and can be an illusion.
You can see what viodentia has done to MS's supposedly heavy-duty DRM
recently, though MS has promised to fix it soon (and maybe it already
But hey, vidoentia and his buddies are not going away...
However, in our case, we need to make a good-faith effort to try and
implement some type of simple copy-protection. That's a sort of
unwritten contract in using a limited amount of copyrighted
materials, without permission, in higher ed. (Ducking the thrown eggs
and tomatoes, but hey, it's true)
The average user is not going to know how to set the flag to save the
files, and there is no easily-found tool to do this yet.
They can play the movie, but can't save it. This feature makes many
people warm and fuzzy, and we have made a reasonable good-faith
effort to protect the material.
We can always escalate the protection in several ways if we get
uncomfortable, but the above works for us, for now, and is simple to
You can call it an illusion, but then many things in life are, yet
they work most of the time.
I hear the rumor, BTW, that the next version of QTSS will have some
type of authentication, maybe this will provide more solutions.
Digital Media Specialist
From: xroads <email@hidden>
Subject: Re: Prevent saving QT movies in a web page?
Actually I was not asking for advice on whether to prevent saving
I just asked HOW to prevent non-advanced users from saving QT movies.
I'm quite capable of making that decision for myself, as are all other
content creators. No soapboxes are needed.
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