It’s much easier for me to just use the mp3 files on there. The script pulls the information out for me, and lets me do many other things. When at a gig, as the admin, I can access the tracks and stream them, or using ssh/nfs remote mount the harddrive to play them. The script also has a feature where I could allow 30 second samples of the track so that users would know for sure it was the correct version of the song that they wanted. Also, its much easier for me to just put the tracks up in one convenient location like this because as an added bonus, its got great backups. win win and extra win.
Thanks for that super awesome helpful pseudo definition of a website. that was fantastic man.
My music was in a folder that was in my home folder. /~ or /home/myUserName. This does NOT have a direct http link. GOOD CATCH. But guess what, that does NOT mean that there were no http links or that the samples and information generated did not go out over http. For one, I used NFS/FTP to remote mount my entire user directory. I did this for remote maintenance, when using the media on there, and even just because i could.
However, I had also symbolically linked the folder with the music to a private directory for my quick emergency access. While protected through apache’s simple htaccess, this did create http/hyperlinks directly to the tracks. That was protected and not for the public, agreed.
In addition, however, the php script I was using to catalog and access the music, doesn’t need the files to be a http directly hosted and shared folder. This is for the protection of the music and to remain as legal as I could. This means that for guests, when they wanted to stream the small sample, they could. The php would help it work, I don’t know how cause I didn’t write the code. The sample tune would be sent out via http/https direct to their computer.
[quote]1. Are they going out over HTTP?
2. Are they legal?[/quote]
Yes, and Yes. It’s obviously more complicated than that. Do you think that CNN streams its video, or CBS streams its shows via super easy to get to and download, super hackable site? I don’t think so. While it is convenient to go and watch the latest episode of whatever show you missed last week, the user doesn’t see the hoops that the computers are going through to get it done while remaining legal.
From my understanding, I can let people sample up to 30 seconds of a song w/o needing to pay royalties to an artist. Since I also own the music myself, I can stream it anytime I want to as it is my property (while the hard copy from the actual CDs remains my archival copy).
This dispute has very little to do with the legality of my files though. That’s the problem. The legality of my files would be handled by an entity other than Dreamhost. If the RIAA wanted to come after me, they could have. Besides, if I want to start streaming the entire song publicly from my site I should be allowed to. Since I would want to remain legal I would begin paying royalties. This wouldn’t go through Dreamhost in the least and so you still would have no basis for a judgment on the legality of my files or their distribution.
I shouldn’t have to. I am renting space, bandwidth, and limited server resources from dreamhost, and as such I should be able to use them how I see fit, as long as I remain in accord with the terms of service. I think I am fine with regards to the terms of service, they think I’m costing too much money and therefore subjective judgment is made and I’m going to have to more than triple my payment to keep my sites running the way I want. That is bad business.
Naturally. I know I said its bad business two seconds ago. It would be fine business (however much it might suck) if they would clarify this in the TOS, or even just to me.
Sure I might have been “pushing the limits”, if by pushing the limits means taking up only 50% of my storage space, maybe at most 1.0% bandwidth, and I can’t imagine any even trace CPU above normal websites as mine doesn’t generate huge amounts of traffic. I don’t want to make enemies, and I sure don’t want to anger anyone, I just want to use what I have purchased. Space, bandwidth, and minimal CPU, as long as I’m not hurting other customers or doing anything illegal. Space and throughput are easy to measure as they give me a panel with dials on it, and I was in the super green on those. CPU they dont give me a dial for, but I can’t imagine I even registering on that one. Hurting other DH customers, well unless I took up the space of the entire hard drive which I didnt, well I can’t think of something. And most important to me, legality had not been compromised.
I completely agree with your example. If I was just doing it for kicks and giggles, or I thought that I was causing inordinate amounts of strain on DH servers or simply as a business, I would stop immediately. When I had a backup of some stuff on there that they also said shouldn’t be there, I looked at it and agreed. I said ya sure no problem and deleted it immediately.
For one, I think the RIAA would have to make the decision as to which copy of the music is the backup. Is it the physical CD thats in a stack in a closet gathering dust, or is it the file online? For two, I’ve done everything I saw possible to remain completely legal. I’m not disputing the questionable nature of the files, i’m disputing the questionable call made by some DH reps. If someone wants to call and get the RIAA in here, cool. That’s more of a thing for lawyers and I don’t really want to get lawyers involved. That’s why I’m here at the DH forums. I’m hoping someone will take notice and either clarify for me, help me understand, or take pity and help me out. I personally think this could even be an issue for small claims court, and have some family lawyers who I’ve talked to about it briefly. They seem to agree, but also have not looked into it thoroughly. I don’t want to have to go through all of that. Somebody just help me out get me back to normal.
I was operating fine for over a year. I was a super loyal customer. Even now, I know many people I sent your way. I don’t care about the coupon pyramid scheme, but now I wish I had made sure that they put my name in the box so we would know just how many people got sent to you from me. Maybe include their email addresses so I could tell them they should find another host too.
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