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[Mar. 16th, 2006|09:20 pm]
Hotlinkers can't hide forever...


This is the list of Xanga users that are hotlinking and/or sharing icons without credit. Some of them don't update frequently, but still, keep them in mind.

http://www.xanga.com/atorturedvictory is the new icons blog of LoveDreamer
http://www.xanga.com/BAiconsforyah has shut down.
http://www.xanga.com/Buffy_The_Vampire (hotlinks from various cap sites)
http://www.xanga.com/tinkerbel321 (her latest post are not icons but you will have to skip back some pages to watch them), she hotlinks some and some are on her own image server, doesn't credit at all.
http://www.xanga.com/kassies_icon_page (is very heavy to load, more than 200 icons per page)
http://www.xanga.com/lushgal/453093539/lushgals-icon-pages.html (contains a directory of various xanga blogs dedicated to share/hotlink icons of various celebs)
http://www.xanga.com/LuxuryIcons_x3 (Many from The OC)
http://www.xanga.com/iC0N_SHiMMERx3 (Many from The OC) (admits taking them from lj, doesn't credit the author)
http://www.xanga.com/emma_watsonicons (hotlinks and doesn't credit the original icon maker)
http://www.xanga.com/XtvshowsX (misc, The OC, One Three Hill)
http://www.xanga.com/Horcrux_Icons/412346630/item.html (list of various HP icon blogs that share/hotlink lj icons)
http://www.xanga.com/Ginny_Weasley_Wannabe_icons (HP)
http://www.xanga.com/felix_felicis_icons_xx (HP)
http://www.xanga.com/OMG_iTS_HP_ICONS/438248285/item.html (list of varios HP icon blogs tha share/hotlink icons)

I'm keeping this list at my journal in a public entry. Feel free to name others and I will add them to the list. Spread the word. ETA: Thank you very much to all our fellow lj graphic artists who have emailed me with their additions. My fandom world is not wide so I thank you to direct all of us to blogs that, otherwise, might have been ignored.

Xanga has a Hotlinking Violation Report here. Curiously, the Hotlinking Violation Report FAQ goes to a "page not found", I wonder why? So... use it.

From: serenecalamity
2006-03-17 04:19 am (UTC)
Xanga is thieves galore. How can they just ignore this? It's not just icons either, there are Xanga journals that distribute pixel artwork and other graphics. I can't believe the Xanga admin is doing nothing about it. Thanks so much for doing your bit and spreading the word... if I find some time I'll make a post too.
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[User Picture]From: red_sunflower
2006-03-17 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, sadly what you just said is true. I got some "feedback" from two of those xanga users listed here. I've had a very difficult time figuring out what they wanted to say.
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[User Picture]From: ctofine
2006-03-17 08:37 pm (UTC)
Good grief! I've found scads of mine and have alerted a few people. thanks!
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From: l_captures
2006-03-18 01:03 am (UTC)
of course you did! your icons rock!
Lol, but I'm sorry they're stealing...
I probably won't find any of mine, they're not good enough to steal. :)

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[User Picture]From: ctofine
2006-03-18 06:31 am (UTC)
Why, thank you. :) I just started showing up on the "stolen icons" list...so, rest assured, I'm sure yours are out there somewhere.

Not that this is a comfort, mind you. *grin*
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[User Picture]From: velvetwhip
2006-03-17 10:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this! I am going to direct my icon-maker pals to this post!

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[User Picture]From: fallen_ember
2006-03-17 10:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Luckily I didn't see any of mine but I saw a lot of others from people I know. I'm letting them know right now.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-03-17 11:30 pm (UTC)

stolen icons

Hello, I was the owner of BAiconsforyah, and just so you know, the site is no longer in use and is shut down. I didn't know how to credit them properly and for that, I am sorry.

(I also posted this comment on the post in the buffy icons group)
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[User Picture]From: eyesthatslay
2006-03-18 12:08 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for compiling this list. I'm saving this post to my memories.
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[User Picture]From: elizalavelle
2006-03-18 02:11 am (UTC)
Thanks for the links, I found some of mine and let a couple of other icon makers know.
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[User Picture]From: tellemonstar
2006-03-18 02:51 am (UTC)
haven't found any of mine (not that many of mine are up for display in my journal anyways) i can't believe that people like LoneDreamer (above) are proud of being hotlinkers. That's just silly. It is good to see though that some of the others have apologised, although that's o to say that they will sto hotlinking/not crediting.
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[User Picture]From: eyesthatslay
2006-03-18 05:06 am (UTC)
I've also posted a link to this post in my LJ, and requested for other's to post it in their's too. Thanks again for your hard work, girl. :)

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[User Picture]From: hbpen
2006-03-18 07:21 pm (UTC)
So if I see a link here, should I assume it's already going to have been reported to Xanga?
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[User Picture]From: red_sunflower
2006-03-18 08:10 pm (UTC)
No, if you find something of yours is better that you report it. Sadly, this is fanart and we don't own the copyrights so they won't do a thing, is better to ask the people that is sharing your work to credit you or take it down. Hotlinking is another issues, they might do something (fill their Hotlinking Violation Report). If someone is redistributing/hotlinking your original art then they will do something because you own the copyrights and that is mentioned in their terms of service.
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[User Picture]From: sly_nott
2006-03-20 08:17 pm (UTC)
Hi, eyesthatslay, I'm miz_extraordinary from Xanga...


I've seen your comments on some of the people on my xanga's subscription so when I first saw that you commented on my xanga, I pretty much panicked. My first thoughts were: "I credited properly! There must be some mistake!" Then I read the actual comment and was immensely relieved that you were merely commending me on my effort to credit properly.

I know it's no excuse, but I've been trying to hint people into crediting waaaay before the people in xanga got busted. I understand that I should have put more pressure on them, but I don't really know what I can do about it besides the informing part. I can't threaten them into anything really so I just keep trying to set a good example but at the same time I get really nervous because even the hotlinkers have come to be good friends of mine and I don't really know how to really get to the point without hurting their feelings.

At the same time, I know I would be furious if I were an icon maker as well. So you understand my situation... it's kind of hard.

But because I really respect the icon makers in livejournal and I know they're in the right, I'm definitely willing to cooperate. What exactly do you want me to do? Here's my blank cheque.
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[User Picture]From: eyesthatslay
2006-03-21 09:39 pm (UTC)
Hi miz-extraordinay,

Thank you so much for commenting here. I'm sorry that seeing my comment gave you a scare at first. I just wanted to tell you how very much I appreciate your responsibility, and maturity in how you re-post icon artist's work. I wish that every one at Xanga were like you!

I understand that you're in a difficult place, and I wouldn't want you to get in a position to hurt the feelings of your friends.

I personally try to educate people as much as possible on the correct way to share the work of others.

If you have the time, could you write an entry on your Xanga outlining step by step how you find icons, how you save them for crediting, how you upload them at Xanga' free pic space and/or Photobucket, and how you properly credit them for sharing? Maybe if you do that, then if you see one of your friends hotlinking and/or not crediting icons, you could leave them a comment saying "Hey, you may not realize this, but how you are posting this icons could get you into trouble with the people they belong too. I don't want to see that happen to you, because I've seen other people go through it, and it isn't good at all. If you want go to "link to your step by step post" and I've got a step by step tutorial on how to share other people's icons without stepping on their toes. Just let me know if you have any questions, and I'll do my best to help you."

Something along those lines, basically offer your knowledge to those that have no idea how to go about responsibly sharing icons. I know it's a lot to ask, but since they know you...they might be more willing to work with you on learning the correct way. I try to be nice and give them infomation when I comment, but they don't seem interested in really understanding what I'm saying. Maybe if the information came from you - they would try harder to accept that hotlinking and non-crediting is just plain theft, and it's beyond rude.

Once again, I can't thank you enough for not only handling icon sharing the proper way, but also being willing to help me in educating other Xanga users. You are truly a gem. Please feel free to friend my LJ if you like, and I'll add you back as well.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-03-21 02:18 am (UTC)

This is Buffy_The_Vampire

Obviously since I'm on your list I credited wrong. I'm sorry. I have deleted all of the pictures on my Xanga, because Xanga wouldn't let me repost them from my Computer. I know Xanga members have caused many of the great artists on live journal and other sites a lot of stress and anger, I wanted to apologize for this also.
I am a big fan of all your work and am again deeply sorry.
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[User Picture]From: mousee23
2006-04-10 06:12 am (UTC)

Re: This is Buffy_The_Vampire

Hi, the best way to upload a pic to your site is to get a photo site like photo bucket and load them there first.We appreciate you wanting to do the right thing
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[User Picture]From: agent00
2006-04-17 06:18 am (UTC)
Xanga has a Hotlinking Violation Report here. Curiously, the Hotlinking Violation Report FAQ goes to a "page not found", I wonder why? So... use it.

Hi, just for let you know, the page is working!
And I alredy reported this bitch http://www.xanga.com/iC0N_SHiMMERx3
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[User Picture]From: snowflakie06
2006-05-18 01:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this (yeah, I'm a little wait), I have to look later for my icons...
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