I have a large website, with lots of photography. Especially Yosemite National Park photography.
Occasionally I catch people stealing my bandwidth (“hotlinking” my photos directly to their own web sites). I don’t like this. I have a message on EACH AND EVERY PAGE saying that no one is allowed to use my photos without my permission. I give them a feedback form where they can ask me.
But this one asshole linked to a picture of Half Dome, for a Yahoo club on backpacking. I found out. I replaced the jpg file he was stealing with a jpg file that had text on it that basically said I didn’t like him stealing my photos. (But I was polite about it - no profanity).
And now I see that (thankfully) they have replaced my photo, but the stinking thief has left this message for his other backpacking members, to explain what happened.
Thus spoke the stinking bandwidth theif:
Oh, boo hoo hoo. I didn’t like you stealing my bandwidth, and violating my copyright. And I had the audacity to find out about it, and embarrass you a little bit. Oh, boo hoo hoo. You poor put upon thing you. Stealing and violating copyright isn’t as easy as it used to be. Bummer, man. So you had to rant and complain about it. My heart bleeds for you, it really does.
You were lucky I didn’t report you to Yahoo. (Not that I think they would have done much.) How can you be SO clueless about net ettiquitte?