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May. 9th, 2005

Here's how it happened.

The guy usually gets two page hits a day. In the web server logs, pages look like batches of entries. Each page component is downloaded separately in its own HTTP transaction. First, an HTML page is downloaded. As the page is parsed by the browser, each downloadable component is loaded. As it is served from the server, it is logged. The size of the batch of entries depends on the page (RH's entry with pictures, the particular entry this guy probably found, takes something like forty-one HTTP transactions to load). So this guy is used to seeing 'symmetrical' logs; an HTML file and a bunch of pictures. That batch is considered a 'page hit'.

All of a sudden, his site traffic spikes. Each time anyone opens that particular post, his server gets hits for the two images. So instead of getting two 'page hits' a day, all of a sudden he gets image hits for all of the times anyone opens RH's journal page. Way asymmetrical. So he turns to the referrer log to see where they are coming from. The referrer log specifies the page a request originated from. All of the traffic is from the same page. He cuts it from the referrer log and pastes it into the browser.

I always say, don't post anything on the Internet you wouldn't write on a note and stick under someone's windshield wiper.



May. 10th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
In the case where there is a business website, forcing the guy to change his website to work around someone's unauthorized use of server resources and original artwork would appear to be unreasonable. I'll bet that LJ (or the new parent money-making company that would prefer not to be dragged into court over mistakes its subscribers make) has a fair use policy around that covers this situation and that unauthorized linking to someone else's server and artwork is covered. The website does not have a copyright notice but my understanding is that the notice is typically not really needed.
May. 11th, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC)
That's right, I forgot LJ just got bought. I didn't see anything in the FAQ about fair use / unauthorized linking*, but that doesn't mean it isn't there somewhere.

* I have done this a BAZILLION times. I suppose I'd better switch to catting about ugly new products strictly by email...
May. 11th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
What I do is copy the picture to a pet server, then link to it there... It's still sketchy appropriation of someone else's stuff but it's not using their bandwidth or waving a flag at them.


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