There once was a little girl from Munich who thought that the world is just good, free of evil. One day she came up with her own blog and designed using her creative imagination, making sure no other designer would feel betrayed or pirated... OK, long story short the world isn't only good, there are copy cats and hotlinkers out there, stealing one's (not only mine) thoughts and ideas. Through my job background (both legal and creative) I'm to an extend involved in copyrights. The very second you publish something online, it's out of one's control what happens with the online content (irrespective any possible legal implications/actions).
Here is now what we have noticed, via our referrer log entries (doesn't hurt to check them every now and then): two sites, despite our legal disclaimer hotlinked to our images, without any references whatsoever, using it for their own "marketing".
Hotlinking is not really easy to counteract as all three (if there are more, pls let me know!!) methods: cookies, scripts and/or .htaccess control have drawbacks that potentially prohibit access for totally legit users (who are using firewalls, proxies etc.) - for the time being, this work-around at least gives us a good chuckle... ;) (ie. copied and renamed our own image, modified the linked-to one in a pretty ugly way):
Another interesting find this week was:
http://188.8.131.52/kirschstaging/kirsch_blog.htm# (even if this is a staging environment, they should have at least used a password mechanism, or a no-robots directive to avoid indexing by google...)
A good site/source for concerning "pirated sites": http://archive.pirated-sites.com/
What is up with people? Can't they have the decency to at least credit ones work? I can only bring up little to no respect for them... If they don't have enough inspiration for a good design themselves, hey, there are people out there who can do it for you (and yes, they actually will take money for this job)... ;)
I'm curious, has it happened to you? What are you doing about it?
This post was written by Nicky from delicious:days