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eHow article:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4798144_wooden-table-top.html
My picture is used in the article. I stumbled upon this today. It was lifted from here:
http://www.garagewoodworks.com/Cherry_Table_C.php third photo down.
I left a comment at the bottom complaining about it but it has been deleted. Lol.
I flagged the article for copyright infringement, lets see what happens.
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GarageWoodworks wrote:

The picture shown in the article is actually link to your web site's picture. Change the picture on your site to screw with the offending page.
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No its not a link. It comes from their server.
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GarageWoodworks wrote:

On second look you're right, although clicking on the thumbnail gives areference to your page in the "image credit/caption" (see the last line below).,
Copied from viewing the page source code:
"<div class="thumbnail">                      <a rel="thinbox" title="#jsArticleIntroImageCredit"><img alt="Clamping the Hardwood" title="Clamping the Hardwood" src="
http://i.ehow.com/images/a04/id/m0/wooden-table-top-200X200.jpg " /></a>
                                                     <div class="caption">Clamping the Hardwood</div>                                                  <div style="display:none;">                             <div id="jsArticleIntroImageCredit">                                 <div class="ThinboxImageCaption">                                         
http://www.garagewoodworks.com/pictures/cherry_top_glueup.jpg "                                 
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It comes from their server here:
http://i.ehow.com/images/GlobalPhoto/Articles/4798144/123739-main_Full.jpg
It's my property on their server.
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Nova wrote:

If it were, your advice would have been first class.
Every day my server delivers copies of this to requestors around the globe:
http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/Projects/SawHorse/SH_QBack.jpg
Festool managed to remove the offending link from their site in only two days, but Facebook appears to not mind. :-/
Yahoo! has been providing copies of video from my site for about a month now, and would not respond to a request to stop.
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Cute!
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wrote:

web-site they get the real image, but via link in someone else's they get that. I have a friend that has constant issues with people swiping her images.
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Ralph E Lindberg wrote:

My HTML ("web page") file contains the URL (symbolic internet address) of the images to be displayed. When my server log indicates a level of abuse that exceeds my comfort level, I change the image file name and update the URL in the web page to point to the new name.
Normally, after that the server would report "file not found" (status 404) when someone presents a request for the old URL - but I created the file you saw with a graphics editor and gave it the old name of the image file, so that people would see that instead of the "broken link" symbol.
It's a PIA to do because it takes up time I'd rather spend on other things - and it clutters up my server with extra image files - so I've only done it a few times.
I've been on the verge of writing a program to periodically go through my entire web site and diddle the file names, but haven't felt that I could take the time to do that without hurting other projects.

If they're only linking to her images, this approach may work - but if they're delivering copies of her images from their server, it might be time to seek compensation.
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In your cPanel you may find that you can simply turn off remotely serving image files. Then if there are some you do want to remotely serve put them in a separate directory and allow remote serving for files in that directory. Some will even allow you to customize how remote serving requests are processed. You will have to check out the options offered by your host, but you may be surprised.
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Morris Dovey wrote:

SED AWK GAWK all come to mind...
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Jack Stein wrote:

I kinda like the speed of gcc. :)
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wrote:

Thanks, I thought you were doing some kind of hack that Sean S is proposing....
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rec.woodworking:

    do a google search for 'htaccess' and 'mod rewrite'. (assuming her http server is running Apache...). htaccess is a file lets you specify all sorts of directives to help sort out issues like this.     One of the many things mod rewrite can do is let you specify files (in this case, jpgs/gifs) that can only be accessed by the home server, and can tell the server what to do when it is accessed remotely. (as well as all sorts of other neat tricks).
    Sean
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<seans_efn_dotorg> wrote:

Hmmmmm...... I knew mod_rewrite was capable of a lot of things, but I didn't know about *that*! Thank you. That gives me a fistful of new ideas...
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snipped-for-privacy@milmac.com (Doug Miller) writes:

Hmm indeed. The only way I can see this working is if mod_rewrite looks at the referrer header and ensures that it is the local site; so absent the REFERER header being spoofed, it should work.
This will also preclude things like wget, which aren't allowed to specify the REFERER header[*].
scott
[*] Yeah, it's mispelled in the HTTP RFC too.
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snipped-for-privacy@slp53.sl.home (Scott Lurndal) laid this on me on 24 Dec 2009 in rec.woodworking:

    Yeah, that's the right idea.     For the OP (and anyone else who cares), here'e one way I do it (obviously, you need to turn mod rewrite on in htaccess first...) where DOMAIN would be your domain.
RewriteCond % !^http://(www\.)?DOMAIN.com/.*$ [NC] RewriteCond % !^http://(www\.)?DOMAIN.com$ [NC] RewriteCond % !^http://(www\.)?DOMAIN.com.*/.*$ [NC] RewriteCond % !^http://(www\.)?DOMAIN.com.*$ [NC]
RewriteRule (.*)\.(gif|jpg|bmp|png)$ - [F,NC]
    You can alternatively create a rule that substitutes a new image for the requested one if you really wanna mess with 'em (I've seen some funny ones, many NSFW), but I prefer to save the bandwidth and just make it forbidden.
    Sean
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It's fairly easy for a -smart- server to check the 'referrer' field in a request, and do one thing if the referrer is the same site (i.e. 'yours') as the object being requested, and do 'something different' if somebody has embedded a direct link to an 'internal object' of yours in _their_ page on a different site.
This stops direct linking _only_. Doesn't prevent copying the image out, storing it elsewhere -- e.g. on =their= server -- and using it.
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GarageWoodworks wrote:

Hmm - Michael Straessle, the article's 50 year old author, has a BA in professional writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and claims to work full-time as a writer, which means he's fully aware of US copyright law.
Mr Straessle says he's a "Teacher and Children's Pastor at Victory Fellowship". I wonder if the Victory Fellowship distinguishes itself from others by acknowledging only 9 commandments...
I'd imagine that your attorney could get his contact information from the Alumni Office at the Univ of Arkansas at Little Rock.
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yes, I noticed that also. He should have known better. But, did it anyway thinking that I'm just some saw dusty, goofy dude in a garage (true, but, I digress) that doesn't know how to use google.

Funny. Preach, but no practice...

Thanks for the tip.

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