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    Not that long ago Deborah and I had an issue with copyright images. I am glad we were able to resolve the situation without bad feelings. While reviewing my logs I noticed an onslaught of images.google.com this week.

    In advance I do have folder swapping for my images so people whom link to my images end up with dead links, unfortunately the new service by google is making it easier for individuals to steal images.

    Deborah and all involved you may want to see if your images are splattered all over google without your copywrite being attached.

    http://images.google.com



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    Wow ... so many images including all my old logos, my new logos, and even family pics from our private website I have been working on. Obviously need to work on security for that site

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    Sandra,

    How do you do your folder swapping? I'm curious about it as I have someone in Lithuania hotlinking to a copyrighted image of mine. I changed the name of the image, but now I get 404 errors since people viewing his hotlinked image can't find the image any longer.

    Any suggestions on dealing with this? I've already emailed the forum he belongs to, but no luck so far. Since I'm a Windows server I can't use the .htaccess either, so am looking for suggestions on what to do.

    Thanks,

    Mike

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    If you are on an apache box, creating an htaccess file is preferable.

    Here is a good helper on how to do that,
    http://www.htmlbasix.com/disablehotlinking.shtml

    Depending on the controlpanel etc, there may need to be some adjustments to the script, but that is the basic idea.

    Chet

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    Unfortunately I'm on a Windows box where you can't use .htaccess. I'm reluctant to switch over to a Linux box right now as I have some scripts done in ASP, which I can't use there.

    Thanks,

    Mike

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    Chez Noir said exactly what I do.

    When I first learned about image and bandwidth theft I immediately started an image spreadsheet of all my images and their locations. When I am hit with theft of any nature I swap there location using my htaccess file, then once again demand access only from my domain.

    Low and behold there is a new way to get your images so I swap files again. Since I already have a spreadsheet developed it takes renaming the file, and doing a find and replace on the htaccess file.



    Sparty83,
    If you have redirect access in you’re control panel that might be the best way to accomplish folder swapping.

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    Sandra,

    Thanks, I'll check it out. This little hotlinker is seriously starting to annoy me.

    Thanks again

    Mike

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    how about changing the image link on your site and than put up a image with the old name that has the text "this image stolen" in it.

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    I rename the image, then upload a new one named the same as the hotlinked one, but it has a message on it instead of the image. It says:

    This website owner steals & hot links images from other sites. I guess they should get permission or make their own and put them on their own server from now on.

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    That's not a bad idea!



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    A good .htaccess is the very best way to go to prevent hotlinking.

    I used the tool (above) to create one where it was critical. (Never could get the syntax exactly right without it).

    Can't imagine there would ever be a need to move or rename files again, when a good .htaccess file will let you specify file types to manage, domains to allow/disallow, and what to do with the attempt ... my favorite also is the pic telling the viewer exactly what is going on


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    I've gone ahead and renamed the image, and even put a message on it, but this clown just doesn't get the message (pardon the pun). Plus, even if I rename it, whenever somebody pulls up that page it sucks my bandwidth looking for an image that isn't there. I then end up with a ton of 404 errors showing up in my logs. Really clogs things up and annoys the you know what out of me.

    I agree on the .htaccess usage. If/when I switch this over to a Linux server that will be just about the first thing I add to it. If only it worked on a Windows server......

    Have a great one!

    Mike

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    An idea

    Slam your image with your domain on it using a watermark. At least you can obtain reverse traffic form the Booger!



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    Bit late on the reply, but I've finally fixed the problem. Got transferred over to a Linux server and now the little chump is without his image off my site. In the meantime though I did have some fun with him. I started posting all sorts of stupid images and kept rotating them through. Suffice it to say, some were not very flattering.

    Have a great weekend!

    Mike

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    I have a great (and patient) hosting company. THMedia.net, They have something available in their control panel for hotlinking. It allows you to specify who can hotlink to your pictures. If you only specify your own site, then no-one else (from what I understand) can hotlink your images.

    Otherwise, upload porn and rename it to your old image name. best and funniest idea i've heard.

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    If it bothered me I would put up something really raunchy, not sexy, revolting in place of the image.

    Mr.Merchant, if you do business in any way what-so-ever with parasites, your products will not be sold on my sites!!
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