[[ a brief note... from mikey ]]
[[ well, Mary's site is no longer there, but her ideas are good, ]]
[[ so i have left the Web Prestige's ideas and thoughts, ]]
[[ as she wrote them, here, on my site. ]]


Web Prestige's 
plea regarding image linking and stealing

at The Widows Web

by Mary Broussard copyright 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999



Join US! Tell Everyone!
This Is Why It's So Bad To Link Directly to Someone Else's Server


Having learned of this I find myself having to try to do something about it.
Maybe you just don't know about it. Maybe this will help someone. Please,
please take a moment to read this page.

There are many graphic artists on the web. A lot of them have their pages
totally devoted to graphics, many have these pages just to help you get a
start with your home pages. Some get up to and over 10,000 hits a day all from
people uploading free graphics from their web sites. Some lose their web sites
due to people linking directly to their servers causing them to be billed
extremely large sums of money and they have no alternative but to shut down.

Some people gathered free graphics from all over the Internet, they get a site
and keep it organized and up-to-date. They even make custom graphics like I
do. There are so many artists who give their graphics away _for free_, to
people for their home pages it would take up all my web space to list them.

I got lots of stuff from people on the web for free. I think it is wonderful
that there are graphic artists and other web masters who construct web sites
to give people art and music files for free. I am still grateful to artists
and musicians on the web for providing help to me and vast numbers of other
people.

There is no reason to link directly to someone else's server when you are
doing a web page to get graphics on to your site. It is wrong. If you do not
know what I mean by linking to another persons server please read my help
pages.

You can put a lot of graphics on a 1 or a 2 MB web site. Look, I had a 2 MB
space once and had a lot of art on that web site and it was all in my space.
You need content for a web site! Graphics are nice, but graphics alone do not
make a good web page. What do you want your pages to say? Give the people good
content and believe me they will visit your pages.

The only graphics on my pages which are free for you to use on your home pages
are on this page: they are the Web Prestige icons. I used to do holiday
graphics for free but too many people just took everything on my pages without
asking and without a link for credit so I have removed that section. My new
design studio offers free backgrounds but if there are link backs and if my
other work is taken I will have to remove them too. Why should other people
suffer because some few take advantage? It is not fair to me or other artists
on the net who give so much. I believe pages offering free graphics are doing
a service for the whole Internet community. They make and/or provide the
graphics for people for _FREE_ and do not ask for much in return except for
the following: that you _DO NOT LINK DIRECTLY TO THESE GRAPHICS and PLEASE
give us credit for our work!!!_.


There are very important reasons why people should not link
to another person's server directly for files. 

They are:

_1._  Some graphic artists get upwards of about 2,000 visitors a week their
pages. If only 1/10 of them linked to the graphics, that would be about 200
people per week linking. If each of these 200 people linked to 5 graphics (an
average amount) then that would be 1,000 links a week. So if your homepage is
not on the artists server, then your homepage's server has to contact the
artists server to get each graphic.This happens each time your homepage is
loaded by anyone. These extra contacts put increasing demands on the artists
server. Some graphics providers have had to shut down because they were
billed thousands of dollars by their service provider because of the bandwidth
use.

These graphic artists and designers do not deserve to lose their web pages
because of this ever-increasing problem.

Please understand why it is so _*IMPORTANT NOT TO LINK*_. Think about it
before you LINK, and then _*DON'T LINK!*_ Because if you continue to link,
then these graphics sites, my own included, might not be there in the future!

 _2._  On my home pages I change graphics, delete them and do what I
like, just like you do. Instead of linking to my graphics, take and upload
them to your own directory.

_Please_ DO Not under any circumstances link to anyone else's web site for
graphics OR MIDI files. Provide links there, upload their gifts of graphics
files if they let you take them for free. BUT DO NOT LINK TO THE ARTISTS' SERVERS.

I know artists who have had numerous people send them E-Mail after taking some
of their graphics off of their pages, telling them that they messed up their
homepage! Of all the nerve!

If you link to something of mine and I delete it, then your home page will be
without the graphic, background, or midi file. 

*It's like this. We do not tell you what you can put on your home page and you
do not have the right to tell us what we can have on ours. You never know what
might end up on your page or what might not end up on your home page if you
link to the graphics.*

_How would you feel if you were forced to remove your site from the Internet
because others are linking directly to your graphics? I say this not only for
my site but for most all graphics sites on the Internet._

Please be kind enough to allow these wonderful graphic artists that give so
freely of themselves to keep enjoying what they do.

*Please* if you want to join Web Prestige DO NOT link to this server 
for your icon. I have found people do not even bother to read this and they
have linked to the image directly from here and saying they are proud to be
members !!!! Please do not join if you are not honest! _Ask_ if you do not
understand!!! Do NOT link to my server or any server for your icon!!!!!!!

Send me an e-mail [webprestige@widowsweb.com?subject=Web Prestige]
so I can come visit your page and we can get to know each other.

Become an active netizen _help keep the net a nice place_ for artists, poets
and musicians too. Read our netiquette page also it is pretty informative.

Sincerely,
Mary Broussard



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Mary Broussard copyright  1996, 1997, 1998, 1999.
All Images are copyright  1996, 1997, 1998, 1999.

The Widows Web

 


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