View Full Version : ImageLogr Scrapes "Billions" of Images Illegally
05-21-2010, 06:03 PM
Not sure if this the appropriate place to post this. The MOD's can move or delete if they wish.
I was emailed this earlier today at work and when the website in question was online, I found every single image I ever uploaded to Flickr on imagelogr
From Thomas Hawk Digital Connection (http://thomashawk.com/)
Imagelogr (http://www.imagelogr.com/) claims to be scraping the entire “free web” and seems to have hit Flickr especially hard, copying full-sized images of yours and mine to their own servers where they are hosting them without any attribution or links back to the original image in violation of all available licenses on Flickr. If people on Imagelogr want to they can manipulate your images, rotate them, see them at different sizes up to 300% and even download the images with a download button directly from the site.
There is more in-depth reading at the above Thomas Hawk link.
05-21-2010, 06:09 PM
Lol, they went off line with probably the most juvenile explanation possible.
05-21-2010, 06:18 PM
They may go offline...and in the time it took to write this 1000 other scum sucking scraper sites are born.
another good reason NOT to upload your high quality images on the Net.
No problem at all posting that link shuttermountain- in fact thx for letting us know.
05-22-2010, 09:16 AM
Now when you click on the link you are taken to here:
Domainlogr.com - Interesting information about every domain on the web! (http://www.domainlogr.com/)
Then there is another link that takes you to here:
What Happened To Imagelogr.com? (http://www.domainlogr.com/imagelogr.php)
This is their recent directly quoted post as taken from the latter link above:
"What Happened To Imagelogr.com?
If you are wondering why you are being redirected to domainlogr.com instead of landing on imagelogr.com, this page is for you.
We recently launched a little site called imagelogr.com using the Yahoo! BOSS api. It was a little image search engine that was far from finished. The site was just online, didn't have any traffic, and we didn't actually host any images. The whole site was maybe 50kb of php files :)
Because the 'back-to-source' links were still missing, someone started a post on Flickr claiming we stole billions of images. The counter on our frontpage stating (We are now indexing 25.000.000.00 images) was just a number made up by us, and actually didn't mean much. It was a guess number of how many images Yahoo! would have in its database approximately.
When the news started to spread that we posted full size images without a 'back-to-source' link, we quickly took action and added 2 source links on each page and added a copyright notice stating that he image shown might be copyrighted. After the news was posted on Slashdot and countless other blog and news sites, the emails with complains were coming in rapidly.
In the end we just decided to take the website offline.
This whole Imagelogr project was a non-profit website, we did not display a single ad on the site. We simply tried to make a better images search engine than the currently available ones.
For now the website will remain offline, and it is our plan to turn it into a Google Images like website (with frames linking to the original source) over the next couple of days. Until that time, we are forwarding all traffic to this domain."
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