A MESSAGE TO ALL LJ USERS!
Heard of a community called iconscraper
? It's a community that is using LJ's "Recent Pictures Feed" to randomly grab icons, pics and small graphics posted *anywhere* on LJ (at any given time) and post them as icon posts for people to snag. AND it's hotlinking every single picture it's posting. Like 200+ pictures per post all hotlinked from various places on LJ. There are thousands of icons and even what looks to be personal pictures being hotlinked from LJ posts and posted in the iconscraper community. It's been reported to LJ by some people already, however there is strength in numbers.
TO PREVENT YOUR IMAGES BEING HOTLINKED:
GO HERE: http://www.livejournal.com/admin/console/
TYPE: set latest_optout yes
This will prevent your images from being included in the feed.
*NOTE* - Entries that are private or "friends only" are already excluded from the feed.
And they bitch at people who try and stop them from using what others create, with weak arguments none the less. Imbeciles.
As a result, I've taken down all of my icons. They hotlink, so if they have taken them, they won't have them any longer. As well, it's good to clean this place out a bit and make room for the new.