Anything you dream is fiction,
and anything you accomplish is science,
the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.
- Ray Bradbury
April 15th, 2006

Image Scarfing

I often use images from other websites here. I usually take the image, resize it, and then host it myself. If I am linking to a website, though, I will sometimes use a reference to their image. It is bad form to use an image hosted somewhere else and then not give the website the traffic in return.
Somebody has stolen to my Space Age Pop blog entry, including the image at left. They stole the whole entry and the link to the image on cthreepo.com. It costs me bandwidth and I get nothing in return.
I got back at them by plastering my URL on the image.
The guy who did this is now giving me free advertising.
I’m still not happy about the plagiarism of my blog entry.

3 Responses to “Image Scarfing”

  1. Chris Bartholomew says:

    the link goes to an empty page for me, does it work for you? I think it’s bad taste not to mention you, but it’s kind of flattering when copied don’t you think? lol…how you been?


  2. J Erwine says:

    I agree completely with you. Stuff from The Genre Mall and Sam’s Dot get sampled all the time. Most of the time it’s just an author trying to promote their own work, but there’s no reason they can’t just host the graphic on their own site.

    I often will change the name of the graphic, but that just makes for a lot of work for me recoding pages, but sometimes it’s worth it.

  3. Keith says:

    There is a way, using .htaccess to prevent “hot linking” to images. I don’t want to go that far. Mostly this guy upset me because he lifted the whole blog entry and then posted as a guest blogger at 20 different sites. I was tempted to replace the graphic with a goatse, but that would have been overkill.

    If one of my websites is mentioned with a link I would have sent a thank you message. Links are extremely valuable in the fight for search engine placement.

    I try to link to every site that I quote or refer to.

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