You’ll get my bandwidth when you pry it from my cold, dead hands

filesharing.jpgSorry, no details on this one as I’m still waiting to hear back from the parties.  I feel the need to protect my clients anyway.

I discovered this morning that one of my clients had an image from their website used on the website of a “major news organization’s” website. Normally that wouldn’t be an issue but 1) this was an original image created by the client, 2) they used the image directly from the client site using the original HTML so it used the client’s bandwidth from their account, 3) they used a whole lot of said bandwidth within a short period of time, and 4) no link back, credit, or even mention of where the image from from or who did it was given on the news site.

I would think most people would be of one of three opinions on what to do in this case.  The first would be “Sue the Bastards!”  I have to admit that that was my first thought.  The image was used without permission or credit.  Her copyright was abused.

The second thought would be to ask for a correction and an online apology.  That’s the nice response I would think most of us would take.  Of course, if you work retail, you know that rarely happens now a days.  Even online.

Third would be to blow it off, not worry about it, move on and forget it.  Considering that we’re talking about a “major news organization,” that’s probably what’s going to happen since getting them to fess up is a rarity.  Sure, some news organizations print corrections when they mess up or find an error.  Not all though.

The fourth would be to replace the image with a different one.  Something rather large, hard to download, and possibly embarrassing to the other site.  This is what the more technically inclined would do or even prevent hotlinking altogether.  It’s a bit technical to set up and doesn’t always work.

As bloggers, we run into this issue when we discover our RSS feed or portions of our context found on other sites.  Not all of us put our content under Creative Commons for reuse.  I, for example, consider my work to be under my own copyright.  Some feel that if you offer a RSS feed, it’s free to use by others.  And even if you declare your works to be under CC, it may not be so black and white.

I got curious this morning.  I took a look at my logs and discovered 11 sites using images directly pulled from this site.  Only one of them linked back while some of them linked back to the specific image being used.  All of them got messages suggesting that since they were using my bandwidth, a link should also be provided as a courtesy.  I would think that would be fair.

Image from here.  See? I’m a good boy. 🙂

Are you a pirate?

drm-burn-in-hell-729666.jpgI was going to promote Shamus Young‘s webcomic Chainmail Bikini but it appears he’s no longer going to continue it.  Pity.

I will mention though that he has a pair of interesting articles posted about his take on Video Game Piracy and Digital Rights Management that may be of interest.  He even takes a shot at Penny Arcade’s new game,
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness

I don’t run into the problem of re-registering my games that much.  The computer I have at home is fairly old and most of the games I play came out when DRM hadn’t been created as a anti-piracy program.  I think the newest game I play is Morrowind and that came out in 2002. (I do have Oblivion but I know my system can’t handle the graphics. Maybe in a few years.) I’m still going through the old Dungeon and Dragon’s Gold Box games from way back when and those sit on my flash drive.  I have to type in a CD key when I install something but I don’t mind doing that.

One comment that bothers me is how some folks who have purchased the game have to obtain a crack just to get around the security program.  I had that issue way back when when CD games first came out. (Trying to remember what game it was.  Maybe Pizza Tycoon?) I had a CD burner in that computer at the time and the game saw it and refused to play.

edit: Oh, forgot to mention that Mr. Young also did a Lord of the Rings Photoshop’ed webcomic called DM of the Rings.  It’s finished now but it’s a good read.  I wonder if he’ll start a new one of the Hobbit.

Image from here.

How not to run a campaign

How not to run a compaign
Full article here. Discovered here
So John McCain has a MySpace account. I guess nearly everybody does now a day. Only one problem. He or one of his staffers desided to use a well know template created by NewsVineFounder and CEO Mike Davidson. Only one problem. Mr. Davidson asked to receive credit for the use of the template if used. Also users of the template had to host their own image files within their space.
McCain’s site used his template, but didn’t give Davidson credit. Worse, he says, they used the images that were on his server, meaning he had to pay for the bandwidth used from page views on McCain’s site.
Davidson got even though by changing the URL of the images so that McCain’s site displayed what’s post up above.
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Working on the webcomic…

Fixing the webcomic‘s picture links. Also having to delete the posts out of the backup site since I’m not going to reedit all those posts yet again. Lot’s of fun…
Found some lovely idiot ripping off the site. Thinks I should be happy to see it being done. Guess what. I’m not! He doesn’t even have half of those features on his site but he lists them as being there. *sigh*

RIAA Targets YouTube

The RIAA & MPAA are taking a strong interest in YouTube videos of copyrighted content the past few months, judging from activity in our forums. Users are increasingly receiving the same DMCA takedown request letters frequently dished out to ISPs, who forward them on to p2p users on their networks. Project Opus claims the warnings are even being applied to videos of amateur dancers who are getting their groove on to copyrighted music.

From here and discovered from here.

Really makes me want to run out and buy a couple albums now.

The Pirate Bay. Here to stay?

From here:

Last month, the Motion Picture Association of America announced one of its boldest sorties yet against online piracy: a barrage of seven federal lawsuits against some of the highest-profile BitTorrent sites, Usenet hosts and peer-to-peer services. Among the targets: isoHunt, TorrentSpy and eDonkey.
But, as always, one prominent site is missing from the movie industry’s announcement (.pdf), and it happens to be the simplest and best-known source of traded movies — along with pirated video games, music, software, audio books, television broadcasts and nearly any other form of media imaginable. The site is called The Pirate Bay, and it’s operated by a crew of intrepid Swedes who revel in tormenting the content industries.

Discovered here.

The Local – Anti-piracy office accused of piracy

From here. It’s old but I still think it’s funny.

Sweden’s anti-piracy organisation, AntipiratbyrÃ¥ (APB), established to combat the illegal downloading of copyright-protected films and games, has been accused of illegally downloading copyright-protected films and games – in an attempt to plant evidence against internet service provider Bahnhof.