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I have someone using one of the images hosted on my site in items they are posting for sale online. It's pretty easy to hack together a mod_rewrite rule and script to serve the image in question to users of my site and a different image to users of any other site, I've done this part already. Now I am looking for creative thoughts of what I can do with this ability.
The person in question is selling razors and in general the sort of things you find in a pharmacy. I am not looking for anything crude but I'd be keen for any other ideas.
They have stolen 5Gb of bandwidth already this month from my little UK hosting company which won't push me over any limits on my account but is frustrating.
I just redirect the daily 20,000+ hotlink requests from MySpace eejits (etc) to a simple small low-res vivid pink and yellow image containing my URL as text.
If you do this, PUT LONG EXPIRES / CACHE-TIME HEADERS ON THE IMAGE SO THAT EACH USER ONLY REQUESTS THE IMAGE ABOUT ONCE EVER so that your replacement image does not add to your bandwidth woes!
No porn, no whingeing about theft (although it did count for maybe 5% of my total bandwidth bill), nothing that anyone could complain about except the bright colours!
I now do regard the hotlinkers as carrying free banner ads for me.
[edited by: DamonHD at 9:34 pm (utc) on Aug. 15, 2006]
I have changed some images that people were hotlinking to things like "free shipping" and "was $7, now free!". It was funny how quickly the 'new' images were dropped! :)
If you can creatively figure out the IP address that the webmaster / competitor surfs from, you can keep serving him the image he wanted to steal, while serving the sale to everyone else. That would sound like extra fun. I can just see someone arguing with a customer about what the image actually says.