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  • Resolved freedombuilders

    (@freedombuilders)


    First: I do not use Jetpack
    Second: I don’t use Photon either – apparently photon is a part of jetpack
    Someone thinks it’s cute to steal images from other peoples site and host them on some generic site
    There are at least a dozen generic sites out there displaying pictures from my site. I haven’t time to run around doing all theses cease and desist things. Here is an example this month from my raw access logs.
    192.0.101.190 – – [30/Nov/2016:14:12:44 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/custom-sized-entry-door/02-old-door.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 142426 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.100.59 – – [30/Nov/2016:22:04:26 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/basement-bathroom/05-basement-bathroom.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 285659 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.102.50 – – [01/Dec/2016:02:20:04 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/mosaic-tile-backsplash-in-kitchen/mosaic-tile-backsplash-2.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 244690 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.100.203 – – [01/Dec/2016:07:51:36 -0600] “GET /wp-content/uploads/2011/08/bathroom-renovations-remodeling-300×197.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 20239 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.112.241 – – [01/Dec/2016:15:18:51 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/mosaic-tile-backsplash-in-kitchen/mosaic-tile-backsplash-3.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 252656 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.86.149 – – [01/Dec/2016:20:59:09 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/basement-bathroom/13-basement-bathroom.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 473000 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.101.168 – – [02/Dec/2016:07:23:30 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/custom-sized-entry-door/03-new-storm-door.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 208908 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.101.190 – – [02/Dec/2016:07:23:30 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/custom-sized-entry-door/02-old-door.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 142426 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.100.11 – – [02/Dec/2016:07:23:30 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/custom-sized-entry-door/04-new-door.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 248396 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.101.238 – – [02/Dec/2016:07:23:31 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/custom-sized-entry-door/01-old-storm-door.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 166469 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.101.190 – – [02/Dec/2016:07:27:31 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/custom-sized-entry-door/02-old-door.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 142426 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.86.129 – – [02/Dec/2016:09:41:32 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/bathroom-remodel/02-bathroom-remodel.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 274613 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.100.11 – – [02/Dec/2016:11:00:38 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/custom-sized-entry-door/04-new-door.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 248396 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.100.11 – – [02/Dec/2016:23:41:51 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/custom-sized-entry-door/04-new-door.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 248396 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.101.238 – – [02/Dec/2016:23:57:05 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/custom-sized-entry-door/01-old-storm-door.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 166469 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.101.190 – – [02/Dec/2016:23:57:05 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/custom-sized-entry-door/02-old-door.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 142426 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.101.168 – – [02/Dec/2016:23:57:06 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/custom-sized-entry-door/03-new-storm-door.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 208908 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.100.203 – – [03/Dec/2016:00:44:19 -0600] “GET /wp-content/uploads/2011/08/bathroom-renovations-remodeling-300×197.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 20239 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.86.151 – – [03/Dec/2016:05:07:59 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/basement-bathroom/03-basement-bathroom.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 314818 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.86.162 – – [03/Dec/2016:10:47:02 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/bathroom-remodeling-2/11-bathroom-after.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 141351 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.86.162 – – [03/Dec/2016:12:46:56 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/home-renovation/31-kitchen-finish.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 30892 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.100.203 – – [03/Dec/2016:15:08:06 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/mosaic-tile-backsplash-in-kitchen/mosaic-tile-backsplash-3.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 252656 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.100.227 – – [03/Dec/2016:19:54:23 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/attached-shed/09_shed_after.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 306815 “-” “Photon/1.0”
    192.0.100.227 – – [04/Dec/2016:04:50:16 -0600] “GET /wp-content/gallery/attached-shed/09_shed_after.jpg HTTP/1.1” 200 306815 “-” “Photon/1.0”

    Here is the latest ‘Alert’ for my business name which has one of my pictures that was scraped from my website:
    http://fleas.p7.de/images-of-kitchen-mosaic-backsplashes.html

    This is the actual picture stolen from my site apparently done using Photon
    https://i2.wp.com/www.rockfordremodeling.biz/wp-content/gallery/mosaic-tile-backsplash-in-kitchen/mosaic-tile-backsplash-3.jpg

    Let’s just say I am not at all amused …

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  • Plugin Contributor Jeremy Herve

    (@jeherve)

    Jetpack Mechanic 🚀

    Thanks for getting in touch!

    Having your images stolen and used on other websites can indeed be frustrating. In this particular case, the site owners chose not to host the images they stole, nor to hotlink them from your site directly. Instead, they go through a free image CDN (they used Jetpack’s Photon on this site, but you could use any other free image CDN, as long as the original images are publicly accessible).

    Your best option is to issue DMCA notices to their hosting provider to get the images removed. I realize it takes some time, and as you mentioned, you don’t necessarily have the time to go around and send multiple DMCA notices. Unfortunately, that’s one of the only ways you can truly protect your site’s content.

    You could also also block all access to your site to the Photon/1.0 User Agent, but the people copying your site will most likely switch to another image CDN as soon as they realize you’ve blocked Photon.

    Sorry not to be of more help.

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