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Hmmm... China likes me? Really strange....

So, I do like to pop in on my webstats from time to time, and indeed even look up the IP addresses of visitors that use more than a certain amount of data while visiting. Lo and behold, there are 3 search engines on mainland China that are pointing at my site's music folder, which holds medleys and a few tunes:

http://202.108.23.172/index.html

http://220.181.38.82/index.html

http://music.soso.com

The curious part is, these sites seem to mostly feature popular music - both US & Chinese.
Odder still, they seem to be dedicated to finding mp3's in the folders of people in other countries;
all of the links leading to the mp3 files seem to go to the US or Europe. It's a whole new way of P2P piracy, I suppose. I just wonder if the people with the music on their servers know........

Should I be enjoying the attention? Or firing up my Black Ice Defender software? (War William Gibson!)

- S


p.s. - No, I don't read Chinese - God bless Babel Fish translation software!

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Comment by Scott W. Hallgren on May 16, 2008 at 1:10pm
Ahhh.... and the plot thickens. Thank you, sir!
Comment by Scott W. Hallgren on May 14, 2008 at 4:21pm
Do I understand it correctly that:

- These Search Engines can find music files on your server, which you have not hyperlinked
- The results of a search would allow the searcher to access and download directly those files?


Adrian, the answer to both of those questions seems to be yes. My only concern being that I thought not hyperlinking helped protect me a bit...

Seeqpod seems cool; streaming that way reminds me of hanging out in a record store and hearing things I might never have heard otherwise. And if I like it, I still feel a responsibility to buy it if that's possible. Thanks for the heads up!
Comment by Adrian Ellis on May 14, 2008 at 3:46pm
Nice one on the Gibson quote. LOVE that book.

I'm not sure I completely understand this technology. Do I understand it correctly that:

- These Search Engines can find music files on your server, which you have not hyperlinked
- The results of a search would allow the searcher to access and download directly those files?

This does seem a bit problematic. Then again, I'm not %100 sure that anything you post, even as a streaming file, cannot be downloaded and shared. Is it a case of post to server, risk download and piracy?

There is a site called Seeqpod, which searches and streams audio files. It's a tremendous research tool for me, if someone mentions an artist/composer/track I've never heard of, and I want to take a quick listen for reference. These files are not downloaded, however; only streamed, with widgets that click-through to Amazon etc, if you want to purchase the material. What do you hold of such things - good/bad?

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