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Re: [vox] Content Sharing becomes Bandwidth Theft
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Re: [vox] Content Sharing becomes Bandwidth Theft




I accessed it, and got the finger! yikes!

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> If you access http://www.silogram.net/php/imagetest.php, you get a nice
> tree, but if you try to steal the image, you get da finga.
> 
> On Fri, 2 Apr 2004, ME wrote:
> 
>> Something that was done ages ago by people upset with this kind of
>> behavior was to reject all referring URL which are not from your own
>> domain.
>> 
>> This causes people who use your bandwidth in this way to have icons which
>> often do not work as expected. They must then decide if they want somehing
>> that is broken for many people or something else.
>> 
>> With apache you can do some clever things with mod_rewrite, and it may be
>> of some use here. You could possibly take cases where a referring URL is
>> not from your site, and replace it with an image that says something like,
>> "I am an image thief as I like to steal bandwidth." Then, when people use
>> your images, their "presence" is one of a thief. :-)
>> 
>> 
>> -ME
>> 
>> Jeff Newmiller said:
>>> I just noticed that an image on my web page has been used by at least two
>>> individuals as their avatar image on discussion lists.  Their use of the
>>> image doesn't bother me... but the fact that they didn't put it on their
>>> own webservers means that they are freeloading on my website.  Every time
>>> someone reads their posts on those discussion lists, my site gets a
>>> useless hit.
>>> 
>>> I am thinking of moving the file (and changing all my internal links), and
>>> replacing the file with a different image that communicates that this
>>> is not acceptable behavior.  Any suggestions for appropriate images? One
>>> of my calmer ideas was a yellow background with black letters that says
>>> "Don't use someone elses image URL for your avatar", but there has to be a
>>> better phrase or image...
>>> 
>>> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>> Jeff Newmiller                        The     .....       .....  Go
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