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Frequently Asked Question #73. What should I do if a LiveJournal user is using my bandwidth without my permission?

The easiest ways to prevent someone from loading an image or file on your server are:

Contacting the Abuse Prevention Team

If you cannot make the above changes to the file or server configuration, or you want to keep using the images in your own journal, the Abuse Prevention Team may be able to help you. You should file a report, providing specific links to both the location where your content is being loaded and the location of the image on your server.
  • Exact URL: When making a report, you should report the exact URL of the location where your image is being used. If it is in an entry, you will need to report the URL of that particular entry. You can often find the URL of the entry by clicking on the "Post Comment" or "Read Comments" links; however, the user may have customized these links. Another way to find the location is examining your server logs for referrer information.

  • Friends Page: If you discover the unauthorized bandwidth use by reviewing your server logs, please note that referrers of the form http://exampleusername.livejournal.com/friends/ denote a user's Friends page. Because a Friends page simply aggregates entries posted by others, it only indicates that the user has viewed the entry of the person using your bandwidth; it does not provide any information about the person who posted your entry.

  • Copyright Infringement: While a user who is contacted regarding unauthorized bandwidth use may remove the reference to your content, they might simply upload the content to another server and reference the files from there. If this occurs, and if you hold copyright to this content, you may be able to file a report of copyright infringement, under the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998.

Last Updated: September 12th, 2009

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