writes: My website contains a moderate number of images in various resolutions, up to about 8MP. People have always hotlinked them, which, while not a performance or resource issue, just really annoys me. I pay for my bandwidth and they should too.
So . . . A while back I started serving up a plain image that says "Image removed due to unauthorized hotlinking", which doesn't seem to have much effect. The "unauthorized hotlink" image gets a lot of traffic.
Which brings me to my actual question:
Does anybody have any idea if it's legal (or ethical) to replace the image they're stealing with:
- A huge pile of dog poop
The first two would make me happy, and the last one would make me money.
Aside from pissing people off, are there any actual legal or ethical problems with any of these?