40,000 Copyright Infringementsbarncha writes "I recently came across a site leeching graphics from my own and found it was not only hotlinking to a few of my own images, but also to another 40,000 spread over 5,000 other domains. No source was mentioned for the images and no copyright information was displayed — they appeared to belong to the site in question.
I have been in contact with the sites help desk to point out the use of the copyrighted images and the hotlinking issue, though I get the impression they have no idea what I'm talking about... Their excuse for not attributing and hosting the images on their own servers was: "Due to the sheer volume of data present on the world-wide web, it is unfortunately not possible to contact each site individually". They also seem to be hiding behind a "we're a not-for-profit scientific resource" stance. I can understand the hotlinking issue (not understanding how the web works) but this blatant plagiarism is inexcusable from a supposedly scientific resource.
I have considered emailing the 5000+ domains about use of their images, but I would rather the site in question did that. How serious is this? What action should I take?"