Web Legalities: Bandwidth Stealing

Dec 7


Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe

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Information (files) loaded to or from servers is called bandwidth. Every
time you upload a file to your ISP,Web Legalities: Bandwidth Stealing Articles surf the web or download a video, you
are using bandwidth.

Bandwidth is limited. Why? Because it actually is a bunch of wires or fibers
connecting servers to the global network. And wires can only carry so much
data. When someone attempts to get more data than can be handled by the
wire, the transmission of the data is slowed down.

Some ISPs limit the amount of data that a site can use during a particular
time period. As an example, an ISP might limit you to 1gb of data per month
for your flat fee, then charge you an extra $10 for each additional
gigabyte. Some of the more obnoxious ISPs actually just block transmissions
when the bandwidth is exceeded (effectively putting that site out of
business for a time).

It's common practice to load most of the images, sound files, videos and
documents in your web on your own site. This excludes, of course,
advertising banners which are rotated and some specific documents and images
which are supposed to be loaded from a central location.

It's common among amateurs and beginners to link to images and other files
directly to some other server instead of putting them on their local server.
Sometimes they just don't know better, sometimes they are just lazy, and
sometimes they've just run out of space at their free host.

So not only do they "steal" the image (it is probably copyrighted and they
are copying it without permission each time the web site is loaded) they
"steal" the bandwidth!!

This is extraordinarily bad form, it's tasteless and it should be avoided
like the plague.

In some extreme cases, unscrupulous "webmasters" (I use the term loosely)
link to large zip files on other servers to give their own visitors extra
features. This often occurs with sites containing downloadable software,
wallpaper and desktop themes.

DO NOT do this without permission! If you do, you are a thief and you are
costing someone else money and aggravation.

What do you do if someone links to your images or files without your
permission and he will not stop? Replace the file with something else. A
picture or document stating that this person is stealing bandwidth should
suffice. If you can get the email address or phone number of the person, you
might include it for additional impact.

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