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design OPINIONs

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by H2O, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    First off, there isn't a snippet of code that you can create that has not already been created by someone else, so right about the time you are thinking that you are so original, how about if that other person who created the same snippet long before you came around said you stole it and then filed suit?
    Besides, Copyright Law protects copyrightable expression, such as images on a screen, sounds in a song, or words on a page. In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such a work. By its very definition, code is an idea, a project, a procedure and a process which works on a system, or a server and can thus not be protected by copyright law, however it is possible should you create a piece of code that has thus far not been invented that there may be a patent you can apply for, should it be that unique and useful.

    Second, graphics only bother me when they are hotlinked, meaning the other person didn't even bother to save it to their server but instead decided to direct the code to download the image from my server, but that is easily fixed with a no hotlink directive in the .htaccess file as follows:

    Options +FollowSymlinks

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?yourdomain.com.*$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?yourdomain.com:80.*$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?anyoneelse.com.*$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?anyoneelse.com:80.*$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?lawnsite.com.*$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?lawnsite.com:80.*$ [NC]
    # BY numeric IP address (your domain):
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^*$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^*$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
    RewriteRule \.([exe|zip|mod|com|avi|wmv|gif|jpg|bmp|png]+)$ http://yourdomain.com/ [R]
  2. steveparrott

    steveparrott Sponsor
    Messages: 1,255

    I stand corrected about copying the code.

    Regarding images, I'd personally prefer people try stealing via hotlink, then it's obvious and easy to prove that the image is yours and you can even do web searches on your image filenames and find out who's stealing.
  3. steveparrott

    steveparrott Sponsor
    Messages: 1,255

    Another quick note on images. It's nearly impossible to steal images from a Flash movie. When I shifted my gallery into Flash I received several phone calls from people who said there were trying unsuccessfully to copy my images for their websites (note – we are manufacturers and do share our images).
  4. H2O

    H2O LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Messages: 34

    I wish they had hotlinked! I would have quickly changed the link to something interesting like: "Lame Hack Designer" or something vulgar.

    Swiping an image from Flash is almost as easy as html.
    Flash looks great, but I find it difficult to promote for SEO. Plus most of our customers use dialup, they would quickly be annoyed with the download time.

    I researched Trademarking our company logo and found that it will be quite expensive. Instead, i'm going to copyright the contents of the web site as a collection. 1 submission form & $30 will cover the entire site content: images, logo, text, etc.

  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Sorry, I see I got a bit blunt, must've been in a mood...
    The only reason I say be cool is because someone copied my site once years ago and I started getting all upset and was ready to fire off some HOT e-mail until I realized it was some 8-year old girl and that set me down to thinking... You know, how nice it is, it really is a compliment. I never said too much after that, anymore, keep thinking, man I don't want to go poop on some kid's dream of becoming a webmaster, you just never know who is behind that copy.

    With adults, is it any different? Yeah, I guess, kinda... But here's the trick: Make your site so good that nobody can copy it :)
    I mean, for example, you can not copy Yahoo.
    Seriously, you can't.
    Try it, you'll see what I mean lol.
    Can you make yours like Yahoo?
    No, why, what for? But over time, I think you can make something more out of it, you might can even build it into a resource that ends up getting more than just your customers for traffic. Still, that's up to you.

    The reason I say images frustrate me when hotlinked is because someone getting a thousand pageviews / day and hotlinking a 4k image is borrowing 4,000,000 bytes of bandwidth / day from me, but is also hogging a connection which, web sites are limited in the number of open connections (some 1,000, others 500, some 250, but it is a limited number) and so the more folks hotlink, the more it hogs the pipe, my visitor's pipe... So I actually prefer they copy the image to their server and be done with it, I've learned to accept if you put it on the web, it can and will be copied... So, I usually find my own images the easy way rather than try and spend hours designing one, and don't get too proprietary about it all, just let it go.

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