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Bandwidth Stealing

Bandwidth stealing occurs when a website publisher serves content without hosting it. It is stealing because he/she is serving someone else's content without credits or acknowledgements. The blogging community is particularly guilty of bandwidth theft.

Bandwidth stealing typically happens with images. To illustrate my point, I am showing here a bandwidth-stolen image from Yahoo.

Reuters Photo
Harry Potter - Stolen Image, Stolen Bandwidth

One might argue that I didn't steal it at all; I have not copied it or modified the picture, in fact I am serving it right from Yahoo!'s website. But as you can see, it is indeed unfair to Yahoo and Reuters.

For further illustration, in the example shown below, I copied the image from Yahoo and uploaded it to my site, which most people agree is an offense. Right?

Reuters Photo
Harry Potter -- Stolen Image

Violation and Fair Use

IMO, bandwidth stealing is worse than simple copyright infringement because the content originator has been violated twice.

A more appropriate use of the said image would be as follows:

Reuters Photo
Picture Courtesy: Yahoo/Reuters
(served locally; with credits)

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(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Wednesday, November 14, 2001
Last Modified: 2/15/2002

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