How about asking people first?

Hello, I am an artist and you have put a copy of my podcast up on your website without asking me for permission to do this, and without linking the work to either me or my website. I would appreciate your contacting me directly to discuss this. felixbadanimal@hotmail.com - http://www.thedomesticsoundscape.com/... - many thanks.
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  • Your files are not stored on Huffduffer. From Huffduffer, people simply link to files. Nobody needs permission to link to anything on the web, whether it's a web page, an audio file, or anything else. That's a fundamental principle of the way the web works.

    That said, I agree that it's better when people also provide a link to the original source, but this is up to the person doing the huffduffing (linking).

    If it really bothers you, you can take steps at your end to prevent anybody linking to any of your files from outside your own domain (using an .htaccess file, for example).
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  • Thank you very much for responding to my question.

    Having explored Huffduffer a bit more, I realise I was initially confused by the way that my work is linked to from your site. At first glance it appears the audio is simply stripped of extra information and reposted as a downloadable mp3. However, I now see that Huffduffer does indeed get the audio from my own website and that no copy is being redistributed here.

    Unfortunately, the consequence of this format is that while I pay to host the file on my own website, the way it appears on your site is absolutely anonymous, and anyone can now download the file without discovering who actually made the project, or any of the background information behind it.

    When people link to audio files, perhaps they could think a bit more about what kind of effort people like me put into making shows like "Around the A4074," and at least acknowledge us or link to our websites when they provide a link to our audio.

    I spent hundreds of pounds on creating that show, buying recording equipment, batteries, fuel, train tickets, walking gear etc. and the main payoff for making it freely available online is that people get to hear it, and learn about me and my work through its distribution.

    When people link to my audio without crediting me for it, mentioning my name or my website, they essentially anonymise my work, thus robbing me of the only advantage of making the audio available online.

    I am a huge fan of the Internet; of sharing and linking and promoting and using social media. However, I also believe in crediting folk for what they make.

    Just something for Huffduffers to think about, I guess.
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  • I agree. I think it's much better for everyone when the person doing the huffduffing includes more information; a paragraph or two of description, a link back to the source, and some tags.

    However, this is up to the individual doing the huffduffing. Personally, I always include this kind of information whenever I'm huffduffing something, but other people just put in the bare minimum.

    I can't force people to add more information, but I'll look into ways of possibly programmatically pre-filling the description or tags with information from the source (although I have to be careful not to overstep the bounds and put people off adding their own words).
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