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Down with Bandwidth Leeches

When it comes to using someone else’s pictures on your website or for other reasons, you can be naughty or nice. Nice people take the time to ask the owner for permission and abide by any licensing terms the photo may be protected by.
Naughty people use the photo without permission. Really naughty people post without permission, ignore any warnings, and link directly to the photo, thus leeching off the owner’s bandwidth. For example:

Stealing and leeching is so not cool.
Naughty leeches ought to be punished.
Presto change-o!

There are several other leeches I’ll get to in a bit.
I feel sorry for the girl who continues to use one of my sunsets as her page background, despite my friendly reminders regarding the Creative Commons Deed.

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14 Responses

  1. Dukduk says:

    get ’em!!

  2. brent says:

    go get them girl!
    inna says, “YOU GO GIRL!” 🙂

  3. Brian Que says:

    Ouch!! Now I’m trying to remember if I ever leached inadvertently 🙁

  4. Jess says:

    You go girl! How on earth did you find that??

  5. Josie says:

    I’ve got eyes in the back of my head. 😉

  6. trench says:

    how do you check who is leeching off your site?

  7. Josie says:

    I get detailed reports from my webhost that tell me who is directly linking to or pulling from files on my server, among other things. You should check if your host provides reports like that.

  8. totally lame says:

    I am sorry for pissing you off. Had I known you were going to take offense to me linking your pic I would not have done so. I did not realize it was a personal website I was linking to. I got the picture off google image search. I will have my friend edit her comment area to remove the picture.
    Sorry again,

  9. Josie says:

    Alrighty then.
    I don’t have a problem with people using my images for personal websites, so long as they let me know about it and properly credit the image as well as store on their own server. I don’t even require a link back to my site. 🙂

  10. G says:

    Haha…I like to scare ’em buy asking for money or else,”…I sue your lousy arse!” Cuz, I can!

  11. marian says:

    Brilliant, Josie! I love it! And thanks for the tip about the reviewing reports… I’ve been a lazy, lazy weblady.

  12. Michelle says:

    Wow, such power. Kick a$$!!! (Wait, is saving your image for, say, a wallpaper background for a personal computer OK? Because I have been guilty of having done that. But not bandwidth stealing, oh no.)

  13. Gail says:

    Nice job of not only standing up for yourself but for building awareness that creative commons means something and unauthorized and uncredited poaching, leeching, etc. is wrong. Did you see the problem Santos had?

  14. Josie says:

    Wow, I just went over there and read about it. Crazy stuff!

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