This is too funny. I just got an email from someone who was apparently thwarted by my site's hotlink blocker (which replaces the graphic the hotlinker wanted to use with a graphic displaying a message saying that the graphic is stolen.)
Paraphrasing the email message:
"I didn't take your dumb picture. You took my graphic off [popular blog site] and i want it back. I did not even get it from your [stupid] site!"
Uh, what? How does my "no hotlinking" message show up instead of a picture that I (apparently) "took" from them? And why, if they think my picture is "dumb," are they using it anyway?
The stupidity and nerve of people continually amazes me. This is at least the third time now that I've gotten responses like "I didn't take your graphic, someone gave the picture to me" (when they are getting the embarrassing "this graphic is stolen" image instead of the image they intended to steal). I have to admit, though, this is the first time someone has accused me of "stealing" my own content, simply because I'm not allowing freeloading hotlinkers unfettered access to all of my content.
Where is the logic here? How can someone else give them my graphic residing on my server? And how exactly can I "steal" my own content, residing on my own servers?
I have so far responded to this absurd email with a simple query, asking which file they are talking about. I just want to know how far this person will carry this. . .