Policy on cross-site linking and usage of copyrighted materials

I wrote this web site from scratch and I took all the pictures found on this site. If you came to my appartment, you would see my computers, my round table with blue legs and my wood strip floor. Nobody could have any doubt that I'm the one that took those pictures.

All in all, it's not much of a website but still, I own both the text and the pictures. I also manage the webserver so I can enforce some the restriction I want.


(c) 2002-2003 Hugo Villeneuve
All rights reserved.

I cannot stop fair use of my text in other work. But fair use means you have to approprietly attribuate the source of the text. Which means at least my name and the main URL for my website but if possible, the title of the page quoted and its complete URL.

Linking to any of my HTML pages from external site is appreciated and welcome. There is no restriction for that.


(c) 2002 Hugo Villeneuve
Can be used freely for non-commercial usage if properly attribued.

What is a commercial usage?

Yes, this means you cannot use any of my images in online auctions. And I despise people that do that. First most people fails to mention that they are generic pictures of a similar item. They are misleading their customer. Second, they are using my bandwidth to do so.

There was really a lot of abuse of my images in auctions that where directly used from my webserver. I got fed up with it and I took step to stop linking my large images from external sites.

Images in folders named '/pi/' off my website are validated based on the HTTP_REFERER. If it contains an external website name, the request is redirected to a "Sorry, see http://EINTR.net for the real thing." image.

If you care to know, this is achieved using Apache's mod_rewrite and having the following .htaccess in those protected folders:

RewriteEngine on

RewriteCond     %{REQUEST_FILENAME}     \.jpg$                          [NC]
RewriteCond     %{REQUEST_FILENAME}     -f
RewriteCond     %{HTTP_REFERER}         !^$                             [NC]
RewriteCond     %{HTTP_REFERER}         !^http://www\.eintr\.net/       [NC]
RewriteCond     %{HTTP_REFERER}         !^http://eintr\.net/            [NC]
RewriteCond     %{HTTP_REFERER}         !^http://www\.cs\.utk\.edu/     [NC]
RewriteRule     .*                      %{REQUEST_URI}
RewriteRule     ^(.*/systems)/.*$       $1/sorry.jpg                    [L,R]

(c) 2003 Hugo Villeneuve
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