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Apache Today: Keeping Your Images from Adorning Other Sites

Jun 14, 2000, 13:46 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Coar)

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"Webmasters are ever searching for ways to make their sites look cool and attractive. One way is to dress it up with images, logos, and other graphics--sometimes referred to as 'eye candy.' Of course, if you happen to be in the forefront of this in any way, you run the risk of having others cadge your art in order to dress up their sites. And they probably won't even ask permission nor pay you a royalty, either. This article shows how you can use Apache configuration directives to limit access to your art so that it's more difficult to use elsewhere."

"Simply put, there are two types of "infringement" involved here:

  1. Someone uses an IMG tag on its site to refer to a graphic on yours
  2. Someone downloads an image from your site and makes a copy on its"
"The first type not only causes your images to prettify someone else's site, but hurts you more directly because visitors to their site are hammering yours to get the images. ... The second type of theft is more insidious. ... You can't completely prevent either of these, of course, but you can make them more difficult to do."

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