On Tue, 23 Jan 2001 17:13:24 -0800, Bryan  wrote:

>Hey all...
>I have a site where people have to pay for the pictures.  He is a professional 
>photographer and does not want
>people stealing his work.  When they download and image, they pay for it.  The 
>problem with that is, if
>I have images named 001.jpg, 002.jpg, people can type that into the URL and get the 
>other image without
>paying for it.  Is there a way to rename a file once clicked on to download to 
>eliminate this from happening?
>So, the user clicks on the image, called from the database, have it renamed, and then 
>delete it from the database,
>so they never see the real filename...
>I have thought of other ways to do this, but I was hoping there would be an easier 
>way, such as this, to do it.
>Thanks for the help!
>Bryan Fitch

One out of several ways to do it

Store pictures in a database:


You could have a purchased_pictures table that links user_id to specific pictures.

Then, make a 'pictures you've purchased page' that only grabs pictures from 
pictures_table linked to that users id.

Picture names won't matter anymore :)

(note the section in that artice that discusses images over 1meg in size)

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