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My pictures in to many forums

Several GB bandwidth

     
11:55 am on Jun 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Just looked thorugh my log files. To many pictures are copied to other web sites. Mainly forums.

When it's a commercial page, I perform counter actions by the .htaccess referrer redirect.

But they are mostly forum pages. People illustrating more or less strange discussions with my photos.

Now I have an idea.

if the referer is not example.com, I could return a picture with a description

_____________________________________________
You are copying a picture from example.com to Your web site. This is something like a copyright violation.

But as long as You are a not commercial homepage, we allow You to use the picture by the following method:

<iframe src=http://cgi.example.com/cgi-bin/picture?theme.example.com/picture-url>

</iframe>

If You are a commercial site, please contact
us for proper licensing of our pictures.
_____________________________________________

I thought my cgi should return

<html>
<body>
<a href=http://example.com/page-where-the-picture-is.htm><img src=http://http://example.com/page-where-the-picture-is.jpg>
</body>
</html>

Any input on my idea?
Hat somebody experiences with similar tactics?

Does Google count IMG links for link popularity?
Does Google count IFRAME links for link popularity?

2:54 pm on June 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have something like this in my .htaccess in the images directory for one of my sites that features a lot of my rock photos:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^http://mysite.com.*$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^http://www.mysite.com.com.*$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^http://mysite.com:80.*$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^http://www.mysite.com:80.*$ [NC]
RewriteRule .*[Jj][Pp][Gg]$.*[Gg][Ii][Ff]$ [mysite.com...]

You can put whatever message you want in the no_pictures.html, but why would you want even a non-commercial entity to use your pictures (and/or your bandwidth) unless it was useful as some sort of advertising for your site?

5:37 pm on June 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You can put whatever message you want in the no_pictures.html, but why would you want even a non-commercial entity to use your pictures (and/or your bandwidth) unless it was useful as some sort of advertising for your site?

I want to force them to replace the pictures with an iframe where the picture contains a link to the page where the original photo is.

I hope that maybe 5% follow the link.

5:44 pm on June 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Careful with the htaccess code posted earlier - it's missing those backslashes before the dots.

Maybe try googling for "hotlinking protection". I found a script that mod-rewrites external image requests to a php file that displays the image and a link. The script I found was rendered poorly, and the whitespace needed to be edited to get the header stuff all on one line to make it work.

If people hotlink they get a red cross (html doesn't process too well as an image) but if the image on your site is linked then the visitor can see the image and the link.

4:40 pm on June 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Most forums will not let users insert iframe code
5:24 pm on June 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Most forums will not let users insert iframe code

I just found out the same problem, after starting to code a solution.

6:30 pm on June 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have had this happening for months on 100's of forums with one particular image from a site so I added the sites url in large text to that image and have seen an increase in type in traffic plus they are showing up as a back link to the site