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Icon Theft
Seen on goodnightlady's journal and also on book_icons

LJ has a feed for the latest images posted publicly here:
http://www.livejournal.com/stats/latest-img.bml

Someone has set up a community to scrape off any image that is posted that meets LJ icon requirements and post them to a community.

Now, the part that's the most annoying is that the images are hotlinked from the image source.

You can opt out of your posts being included in the latest feed by going to the Admin Console and type in these commands:

Journal Users:
set latest_optout yes

Community maintainers:
set for "community name" latest_optout yes


The community mentioned above is iconscraper.

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Current Mood: exhausted exhausted

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akane42me From: akane42me Date: 18th October 2006 14:13 (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Looks like this has been going on for quite some time, but only in the last few days has the furor exploded. Some very angry comments in that community. I feel funny using the word community. It's really more of an internment camp for icons abducted against their will.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 18th October 2006 14:52 (UTC) (Link)
I like your 'internment camp', that sums it up nicely.
ptyx From: ptyx Date: 18th October 2006 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
Thank for the heads up! I'll post it on my LJ too.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 18th October 2006 14:54 (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome. The more people see it the better.
the_haunt From: the_haunt Date: 18th October 2006 16:00 (UTC) (Link)
That's horrible! Thank you for posting this, Nikki – a very valuable heads-up.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 18th October 2006 16:07 (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome, Ghostie. It's not good.

I've turned it off on my two Comms.
solo From: solo Date: 18th October 2006 16:01 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the heads-up! I'll re-post this if it's okay.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 18th October 2006 16:05 (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome. And do indeed re-post. This is something that does need spreading around far and wide.
nialla42 From: nialla42 Date: 18th October 2006 16:55 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting this info. The attitude over there is appalling.

It's one thing to provide links to someone's public LJ icon posts, but to gank them without any sort of credit with the 'tude of "Well, you shouldn't have made it public!" when most people have no idea this is even an issue is pretty ballsy.

Anyone heard if they've been reported to LJ?
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 19th October 2006 11:17 (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome.

It is appalling. I don't know why LJ are letting them get away with it. But then why has LJ set the feed up anyway?

I think some people have indeed started to report it to LJ.
nialla42 From: nialla42 Date: 19th October 2006 12:45 (UTC) (Link)
I've been wondering what purpose the feed serves too. Perhaps it's there just because it can be done? Or maybe it serves some administrative purpose for LJ admins?
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 19th October 2006 13:00 (UTC) (Link)
One would hope the latter.

I know that somehow they must be able to track people's default icons, because I've seen a few people threatened and finally banned by LJ because their default icon breaks the 'rules'.
nialla42 From: nialla42 Date: 19th October 2006 16:29 (UTC) (Link)
I just looked at the rules, and it basically says default icons have to be relatively clean, because they're public and can't be hidden in locked posts. All other icons are pretty much whatever you want, though I'm sure the general rules about child porn and the like apply.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 20th October 2006 10:57 (UTC) (Link)
I know there was an outcry a month or so (or maybe a little longer) ago where several people were told to change their default icon from a picture of a woman breast feeding to something that didn't break the rules. Several people refused and thus had their LJ accounts deactivated.
sensine From: sensine Date: 18th October 2006 17:15 (UTC) (Link)
Neat of you to remind people of this! I've already opted out (although I didn't understand the technicalities of it ;). Those people are rude, rude thiefs out to steal what others have made. Shame on them!
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 19th October 2006 11:18 (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome.

I have to say, I don't quite understand how the stuff at the console works, but... Hey, I just followed the instructions :-)

I just hope that LJ do something about it.
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 18th October 2006 19:42 (UTC) (Link)
I've seen news of this comm floating about. It does seem a bit of an odd thing to do not to mention rather bad netiquette.

I have optd out and opted out closet too.

Thanks for the information.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 19th October 2006 11:19 (UTC) (Link)
It's almost as though the person is deliberately trying to goad everyone; her/his comments and post are just beyond being rude. Honestly...

I opted both of my Comms out too.
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 19th October 2006 18:05 (UTC) (Link)
It's almost as though the person is deliberately trying to goad everyone; her/his comments and post are just beyond being rude. Honestly...

I suspect she thrives on the conflict sadly.

I opted both of my Comms out too.

Very sensible.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 20th October 2006 11:08 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, yes, a conflict driven person *shudder*
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