Bandwidth Theft

Stealing Bandwidth
 
Bandwidth theft is stealing graphics or web page text from another site onto yours by a simple copy and paste job onto another site.
 
Each time you load a page, you load all the graphics from the server it is stored on.  Let’s say a page with graphics and html code totals 200 KB.  When you download the page, it is coming off a server.  However if the page sits on one server but it is actually being downloaded on your page which sits on another server, because you copied and pasted the html code onto your page, you are stealing bandwidth because all of the graphics, backgrounds, text are stored on the victim’s (who you took it from) server. When you download the stolen page, you are downloading off that server it sits on.  You are a thief!
 
Bandwidth theft is when you do this without permission.  Typically, no permission is granted to do this sort of thing from any webmaster.  Server companies don’t like it and it is costly, mostly to the person whose website it comes from.
 
Graphics that are just copied and pasted onto a page (includes the html and the URL where you got it from) rather than stored in a file on your puter and then uploaded from your puter, is bandwidth theft.
 
Do not copy and paste anything from another site onto your site or into a message, this is bandwidth theft as well as copyright infringement.
 
Every time the page is downloaded, the bandwidth is being stolen from that other site which the owner of the material, may be paying for. Imagine a popular site with lots of hits, this could be a major problem.
 
Some sites are free but lots of other private sites are paid for.  When you steal from a site where the owner pays for it, you are costing them money.  When their server notifies them that they have exceeded their limitations (because they only purchase so much space), their pages may be disabled and their site may go down because of YOU.
 
Going back to the example of 200kb page, let’s say the person has a 1MB (1MB=1024kbs) site but only uses 200kbs.  Let’s say that 9 people steal the bandwidth.  That means everytime the page is downloaded on the other sites, a total of 1800kbs is stolen, well over the 1MB amount he is paying for.  He will be notified he is using to much bandwidth and can figure out if he only uses 200kbs and 1600 more kbs are being used, there are thieves out there.  Know your math.
 
Some sites are very clever though and attach a silent meter to their page or photos and records/identifies bandwidth thieves URLs, the webmaster  knows exactly where their bandwidth is being placed on the net by the statistics logged and you will be notified by them to remove their site material from yours plus some legal action.
 
Sometimes when you copy and paste one of these pages, you get lots of garble on the page, this is the webmaster’s code to prevent this sort of happening.
 
In other cases, your site can be shut down and disabled with a complaint from the victim who found out you were stealing bandwidth from them.
 
In some instances, you cannot steal a page because the webmaster has prevented your puter from a copy paste job of their material.
 
To save a picture or gif:
Right click and select “save picture as” or “save image as”.
This adds them to your hard drive and place in a folder.
Access the folder to upload the pictures to a page or album.
Upload pictures or gifs to your own net albums for retrival.
 
If you delete photos from your puter (if you directly uploaded them to messages from there) or delete them from your album or page, they will disappear in your messages or your pages. (=box with a red x)
 
With a passport here at MSN, you can use gifs from albums in other communities you belong in. If you wish to use pictures, then get permission from the person who uploaded them.  Tell them why you want to use them, and where they will be placed (include URL).
 
In general:
Copying text is not stealing bandwidth if you are putting in a file on your puter however it is still considered stealing if you take it and you do not identify the true source where it came from in the first place. Always identify your source on materials.  If you don’t know where it came from in the first place, don’t claim it as your own and make it a public document on your website or on an email list.
 
Most graphics are exclusive to sites, be respectful and do not take what is not yours to begin with.
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