IMG stealers

A “travel” page seems to be committing wholesale bandwidth theft by hotlinking remote images wihout permission: in this case, one of my Bohol photos, among photos from several other sites. (Whether those other sites gave permission, I know not.)

Gladly, one can use .htaccess and mod_rewrite to prevent hotlinking and bandwidth theft. People attempting to use images from in such a manner will now be met with a dancing banana. (It was that or the jumping kitty.) The trick also applies to this old Mark Byron post.

It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time!


  1. Manuel says:

    But you’re still paying for the bandwidth of the dancing banana, right?

    I tried htaccess and while it worked in the case of some Google images, some searches at Altavista displayed the images. Duh.