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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 08:32 pm (UTC)
I already, in just one or two posts from today that I peeked at, saw someone's Ed icon they made. I saw this very icon of my own in the first of today's posts. Ten to one says no one will credit once they steal the stolen icons. Commenting there only gets your words twisted and you called a liar. Some poor mother demanded the icon of her own child be removed and they just laughed at her. People have reported this to LJ but they can't legally do anything about it. So we have to take action for ourselves and post that code into our Admin consoles. We need to give him less stuff to steal.
areku1993 on October 17th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
Word up. I guess I'll report the LJ too, to add to the massive count of "we hate this LJ" mail the admins are getting. XDD
I ph34r. I ph34r greatly.
ai_melpomaen on October 17th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
cant everyone report for her hotlinking to the abuse team on lj, you are able to do that.
Ipityipitydaf00l on October 18th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
Now, I'm confused as to why Lj hasn't done anything if it's someone complaining about their 'own personal' pictures being used. (By that I mean the ones of family, kids, etc.)

The only reason why I am confused because over in crochet there was a user that was banned because they ended up in a wank war with another user, uploaded one of her photos onto their account/journal and the original user who owned the photo reported them to Lj after they refused to remove the image. (And it was a picture of a crochet hat, so they can't just simply ignore this if they did action then.)

The user who took the image was notified to remove the photo within a certain time limit. They refused and their journal was deleted.