Bewenched - 6:31 am on Dec 7, 2012 (gmt 0)
Well after a few emails with qippo they said it wasn't them but doing a reverse DNS and talking with my service provider... it was them! now they're coming around without showing their user agent!
The icing on the cake ... drum roll please.
The sites that appeared to be hot-linking were using a data provider for their product information...... I've spoken with them and they swore it wasn't them either, but guess what ......
Now that hot-linking isn't showing when qippo snags an image. Amazing how that worked out.
No it wasn't us.... BS. Qippo may be out of the country, but the company and sites that stole our nice clean images without so much as some lube or a coke. And they're our competitors, but they're too lazy to do their own artwork.. how pathetic. Maybe they should go back to scraping google images and fill their site full of irrelevant pictures again.
Both companies swore it wasn't them. BOTH LIED! Amazingly the "referrer" stopped showing up and that didn't stop until my telephone conversation with the guys at %&**^%! (the product data provider) and two of the websites in question. One of the websites in question was just in court last month for copyright violations... guess they like paying for attorneys instead of images.
Sad that a big corporations making millions a year in business feels the need to STEAL images from a family and employee owned business.
Talked to an attorney yesterday afternoon, nice to have a friend that does corporate law.