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We are going to develop a portal in PHP which will provide the different contents for view only (all contents are paid and could only be viewed). Our contents may include pdf, txt, video or audiofiles.

Could it is possible that user can only view the videos but not be able to download them (even using any software).
If its possible then please provide me the suggestion on how to do it. and if its not possible then please explain it why it cant be done.

Thanks in Advance.

Muhammad Yasir
Jun 8 '10 #1
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No, this is not possible. If you want your users to be able to view the content, they must first be able to download it to their computers. (How would their computers be able to show them the content without actually having the content?)

You could try to *obfuscate* it, or use use stuff like Flash or Java to encode/decode it... but ultimately, there must always be a way to view the content, and therefore there will always be a way to download it. All you can do is try to make it harder.
Jun 8 '10 #2

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