I’m having a serious problem as of late. It seems a good deal of MySpace users have found my artwork from each other or search engines and are hotlinking the living crap out of it. This is beyond bad. Some of you may have noticed that I ran over my bandwidth limit for December and the entire site was offline for about five or six days. Granted, my reader count is low at this point, but I do give some of my space and bandwidth to a good friend so that affected her, too. Leanna, I’m so sorry about that.
I thought my hotlinking protection was good to go, but apparently not. Jon (my server space provider) and I looked at the problem and attempted a fix, but it did not work. I did a bit of research through Google and found that by editing my .htaccess I can prevent the problem. I followed the instructions, but it didn’t quite work out. Once I tired to the view the site, I got the beautiful 500 server error. I removed the hotlinking protection lines out of .htaccess, but that still leaves me open to hotlinking.
How can I stop these Internet morons from running my bandwidth dry? I refuse to take my art down because of the stupidity of others. Also, could I sue MySpace and the users for copyright infringement?
January 3 @ 0836: Jon emailed me saying the host has got it locked down for me. I emailed him back asking what they did. I’ll update again when I get word back.