Msg#: 3925105 posted 12:22 am on Jun 3, 2009 (gmt 0)
Where are they hotlinking to? If it is Ebay, personally I just rename my image to something else and put an ad for my site in place of the old image. i.e. for better prices on this product visit www.mysite.com.
If is to something like a gamer using your image as an avatar you can rename the image and replace it with something like a Hello Kitty picture.
[edited by: Jane_Doe at 12:23 am (utc) on June 3, 2009]
Msg#: 3925105 posted 9:53 am on Jun 3, 2009 (gmt 0)
When I spotted someone doing that to me I created a new jpg file which had this text "This ebayer steals bandwidth and breaks copyright... Really want to trust your money to him?" and I had all the images he was leaching point to that jpg.
Strangely he stopped leaching off me very quickly after that...
Msg#: 3925105 posted 6:16 am on Jun 5, 2009 (gmt 0)
My personal favorite is a 1px X 32000px transparent .gif.
Many of them never use the size attribute for the image so it breaks the layouts on a lot of pages, the hotlinker has no clue since they have the imaged cached locally. Once the cached image expires assuming they don't notice the missing image the page is now broken with no visible reason why... LOL.