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#1 2011-02-08 05:46:23

quixote
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2008-05-10
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what is the best way to stop web scrapers?

I have a problem: trashy image sites are grabbing my photos and using them as window dressing to get people to click on other trashy links.  What's more, they're so much better at manipulating Google (I'm not interested in that.  I just want to work on beautiful pictures!) that my photos are listed on *their* sites, not mine, when someone searches for them.

I found out about this because a friend alerted me.  I've never actually searched for my own photos. :?

I've heard that it's harder for scrapers to steal from flash-based galleries.  Is there a Piwigo extension that would post my photos inside some flash thing?

Is there something else I could do that would be more effective?

Please help!  It's very upsetting to have my work misused like this!

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#2 2011-02-09 13:34:51

plg
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Nantes, France, Europe
2002-04-05
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Re: what is the best way to stop web scrapers?

Hi quixote,

Are they "hotlinking" your photos or did they copy your photos on their own server?

What is Hotlinking?


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#3 2011-02-11 21:23:31

quixote
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2008-05-10
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Re: what is the best way to stop web scrapers?

Took me a while because I got a friend to go looking for me.  I get too upset to deal with it. :(

Anyway: the link to the full size image goes to my site.  The thumbnail is on their site.  Then, and this has nothing to do with piwigo but it's another thing I'm going to have to deal with somehow,  the link labelled "molvray.com" (which is my domain) actually links to a trash site. 

So, any pointers on an approach against any and all of this will be a huge help to me!  I realize the bottom line may be something like "hire a lawyer," (I'm in the US) but if that really is the only effective approach then I guess it would be good to know.  More :( 

Anything I can do on the technical and computer side would be better.

Last edited by quixote (2011-02-11 21:25:38)

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#4 2011-02-11 21:40:05

mol
Piwigo Team Germany
germany
2010-05-26
108

Re: what is the best way to stop web scrapers?

The thumbnail is on their site.

good, the enemy is owner of a site. the site is hostet on a server with a domain in the www ... and behind a domain is the IP
search for their IP and block the IP in your .htaccess file in the root of your domain
that looks like:

....
deny from 80.242.33.40
deny from 178.137.185
deny from 122.
deny from 64.71.168.179
.....

google for .htaccess and deny


and if the owner AND the hoster is also in your country, than go to the lawyer too

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#5 2011-02-14 01:37:22

quixote
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2008-05-10
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Re: what is the best way to stop web scrapers?

Brilliant!  Thank you.  I even know how to deny access using .htaccess.  I'm not sure now why I didn't think of that.  I guess I was too busy being upset!

Thanks again!  :D

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#6 2011-02-14 06:56:11

jonas
Translation Team
Sweden
2010-09-18
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Re: what is the best way to stop web scrapers?

Hmmm nice sulution
i like that on

/Jonas


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and i like to just be..
i like to go along when i having fun, but ...

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