Trying to Block Content Takers?

I read a post in I’m Just a Big Fish in a Big Pond, about having your content stolen and what you can do to try blocking this. There really isn’t all that much you can do. People block right clicking on their blog to try keeping anyone from saving their graphics. But this doesn’t really work. You can save the files in other ways. What it does stop are people who might have been trying to open a link on your site in a new window. Or, people who were trying to get a linkback to you.

I’ve been online a long time. Someone will always steal your work, art, drawing or writing. If you block them in one way they just find another. You either blog for the pleasure of being creative or you don’t. I could spend time on what has been stolen or I could just get on with my life. I learned that the hard way in 1998 when my ASCII art was being taken and another woman claimed she had made them all. There isn’t anything you can really do that makes one bit of difference. I’m not rich enough for lawyers and I don’t have all the free time to put into doing anything myself.

That blog above linked to Swollen Pickle writing about ideas for blocking hotlinkers, people who take your image by linking to it from your site. Thus they siphon off some of your bandwidth, your hosting space available. If you are using a lot of your bandwidth you would notice this quickly and might get an extra bill from your web hosting company. That is why people get angry about hotlinking. The article suggests ways to change your site’s code and stop the hotlinkers. I don’t see this as your best option. Here is what I posted:

If you host your own images for other sites that code won’t help you. You will be causing your own site to lose images as well as any hotlinkers. It is easier to just move your images. Every now and then change your image location from domain.com/images to domain.com/image and then back again in another few months. Just keep track of where you have put your images on other sites so you can change them there too. Of course, if it is a site you no longer use it doesn’t really matter.

Stealing Code

Is it really stealing if you’re just using the basic idea and adapting it for your own. So much of creativity is based on taking something you’ve seen and changing it or trying to illustrate it for others to see. I really like the layout of this site, selling embroidered goods. I like the colours and the three column layout and things are placed well in the design too. So I copied the code and took a screen capture so I can try to emulate it myself. Maybe I won’t even use the code, just the screen capture as a guide. But, I wondered how much of doing what I’ve just done is ‘legal’ or ethical? It’s a question for lawyers in part. Mainly, for me, it’s what I think is ok to do, where I draw the line.

Copyrights is an interesting issue. When you first look at it, it seems kind of bland and dull. Then consider all the angles, all the ways we break copyrights everyday and all the different things which can be copyrighted. It may not seem to have any effect on your life, but it does. Especially if you create any kind of content on the web. How would you really feel if something you wrote, drew or sang, etc. appeared somewhere else, taken by someone and presented as if it were there own? Sometimes I think so what. But, it does but me too. I’ve had some of my ASCII Art stolen and been claimed to be created by someone else. It’s annoying to read someone else congratulate them for a great piece of work, when it’s my work.

Anyway, that’s the blab for the day.