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17 October 2006 @ 01:16 pm
Icon Hotlinking and Theft on LJ  
There's a thief out there who has found a way to automatically snag things from the LJ picture feed without regard to who (s)he is stealing from or what they are stealing. No credit is being given at all for any of the icons being taken and people posting comments there do not care things are being stolen. All they seem to care about is laughing at people who are demanding this person take the icons down. Just today I found one of my icons on that community so I'm very certain there are icons from others in this very community out there. Also, it seems it's not just icons too it's people's pictures so any related community that posts personal photos should take the same steps as the iconists. Here's the information and what you can do about it as found on book_icons.

There is a post here in icon_extras about a community called iconscraper. Not only does the owner, samplebitch, troll the LiveJournal picture feed for icons, (s)he also hotlinks all the images that the feed finds.

I never realized that you could make an RSS feed that requests all the icons that are posted on LJ public posts, whether it be in communities or personal journals. This person has a program that will automatically nab any and all icons that are used and they put them in the community with no care for what the subject matter is. Their mentality is that if you don't want someone stealing personal pictures of yourself, your family, or your children...you don't belong putting them on the Internet and it's your own damn fault so live with it.

There IS a way to prevent this from happening...

1. Open up adminconsole. http://www.livejournal.com/admin/console/
2. For personal Journals, copy/paste the following: set latest_optout yes.
3. For communities, copy/paste the following: set "for" COMMUNITYNAME latest_optout yes.(where it says COMMUNITYNAME, delete that and type in the name of your community)
Chibi Halochibihalo on October 17th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
And the problem is when they do steal stuff, and they do because the owner of that place stole two icons from what I recognized, they don't do proper credit. Complaining about it doesn't work becuase they twist the words the iconist uses and make it look like we're being babies about it. The only thing you can do is block yourself and any communities you run from the LJ picture feed. However, from what I've seen and read LJ doesn't even let you know this option exists on their admin console. Pretty sneaky if you ask me.

These people who belong to that community care more about e-fame than taking the time to spend twenty seconds crediting a person. They care more about a person who for months has stolen people's artwork. Some people I know use their own handdrawn artwork for their icons. I don't think some of the artists in this community who give their close personal friends permission to use their art in an icon will be too pleased to find out (s)he and others are stealing their work without credit. Asking them to take down icons isn't going to do jack as is bringing it to LJ's attention. One person did and all they got was a nice form letter saying some act about the internet won't let them legally shut the guy down for theft.