| 7:54 pm on Aug 15, 2005 (gmt 0)|
crescenta, that made my day.
I am still wiping the tears from my eyes.
| 8:13 pm on Aug 15, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Well, not to make excuses for the clueless bunnies, but is it possible that someone put the link in their site for them and they really have no idea how that picture magically appears?
Still funny though, nonetheless.
| 11:25 pm on Aug 15, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Be careful of these clueless? and obnoxious! "bunnies". I had one go so far as using my domain name to sign me up to a bunch of spammy newsletters. This was after they accused me of having code on my site that copied my images into their pages.
Some people, when caught doing something wrong, take a very aggressive approach in trying to defend themselves.
| 12:57 am on Aug 16, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I have a client that has a competitor that kept stealing his content and posting it around the internet in news groups. We had all those "press releases" corrected with the correct URL, so gained lots of links this way. We also managed to get his multiple freebie sites with stolen content removed. He has one main site he doesn't use these practices on--all the freebie sites were linked to his main site.
I told my client we can remove what we can but don't sweat the rest as this guy will be going down the tubes soon due to his dishonest tactics.
And sure enough my client is beginning to outrank him for almost every keyword.
So do what you can and let the Search Engines take care of the rest.
| 5:25 am on Aug 16, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I haven't heard back from my irate content thief. I may never hear back from them. Too bad! I am glad that this tale has been amusing for everyone else, anyway. ;)
They seem to me to be a clueless blogger type, so I doubt they'd know how to mess me up too much, no matter how much I upset them. (Not that I intend to make a big deal out of this. It's more hilarious than anything else.)
I know that people are stupid, but you have to be pretty darn stupid to not know that the image URL that you are using is not your own, and that when you are being served up a picture that says "This graphic belongs to [URL]" that the URL is not stealing from you. And where do they think that these graphics come from, anyway? All my site images are created by me (with the exception of product images like book covers from Amazon.com). Many of my images also have copyright notices on them. If they didn't create the images themselves, how do they know that I "stole" them?
The whole thing is just ridiculous. Stupidity + an absurd sense of entitlement = this exact scenario.
| 8:53 pm on Aug 16, 2005 (gmt 0)|
crescenta your actually nicer about it then I am. Awhile back I found a site that kept on hotlinking to images from my site and even after an email they kept doing it.
Since this image was being shown on their homepage I took 2 mintues to swap the image out with something that lets say wasnt G rated as the image they were stealing and put up some R rated (or worse) image. They never did snag another image from me.
How do you serve up your Default image? Using Apache or what? Ive seen it done but havent looked into how to do it for my own site yet and am now a bit curious.
| 3:42 pm on Aug 17, 2005 (gmt 0)|
check this post [webmasterworld.com] for how serve up a replacement image to a hotlinker.
| 3:57 pm on Aug 17, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Thanks nancyb Ill have to look into it.
Just more work for me this weekend :)