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This is why we watermark ’em

Thanks to faithful Macenstein reader meggert for the links!

29 Responses to “This is why we watermark ’em”
  1. Alex says:

    Macenstein is the true king of media, the one source of all content. The others are just derivatives.

  2. Paul says:

    They suck! Surprised that Loser sites like those don’t hotlink directly to you!

  3. Jeff says:

    that sucks. Well, look on the bright side. Apparently you are responsible for 85-90% of all the hot tech chicks on the web!

  4. Scratic says:

    Is it stealing if I just use them for “personal use?” Sometimes I use more than one of them at a time.

  5. Originally we linked all the thumbnails to your pics, but we were getting complaints that all the links were dead because your server could not handle the traffic. We tried. Some of the thumbnails do still link to you. Also, just because you watermark a photo, does not mean you own the copyright. We acted in good faith, maybe you should do the same.

  6. edoreld says:

    The good thing is.
    They are looking up to you.
    You are not looking up to them!

    Keep up the good job 😉

  7. MMM says:

    Welcome to tha intarwebs.

    My exclusives get stolen all the time. I’ve even had one company steal my images that I myself took at a press conference and try to tell me that I was mistaken. Another company stole a watermarked image and printed it. Go figure.

    One trick I’ve started doing to track who’s taking what is to everso slightly change a manufacturer supplied image and see where it ends up. Just enough so that I can spot, but they can’t.

    All in all, it’s a fruitless soul destroying task.

  8. Min says:

    Should we say~~ The One, The Only One “Macenstein” rules them all!!!!

  9. Min says:

    LoL, Look at this.
    It says 10 hot girls. Do you see 10 girls? I think I only see 8 hot girls.

  10. Frank says:

    That’s bullshit. Send them an email requesting that they take them down.

  11. Wesley says:



  12. Dick Moose says:

    Bogus dudes! You guys are so known for being the epic king of the Mac Chick thing. You would need to be living under a rock to ignore that, especially those popular sites. Anyone who looked past that fact blows mega moose dick.

    You have good reason to be an unhappy Mac.

  13. If you are going to bash our site, at least have the decency to post our rebuttal. As I said before (comment not approved), COED originally linked directly to the images on this site, but the macenstein server was constantly giving error messages due to the amount of traffic we were sending. We are always good about sending traffic and giving credit where credit was due.

  14. Tice says:

    If you use one to tease and link it’s an ad for you, otherwise it’s just stealing. That sucks.

  15. @ Editor –,

    Glad you like the pics, and we’re really just busting your balls. However, it wasn’t that we can’t handle the traffic, we just disabled hotlinking in general for all posts.
    And those pics are ours, taken specifically for our Mac chick feature, so we’re totally allowed to watermark them.

    -The Doc

  16. Jimmyg says:

    Yeah! What he said!!!!

  17. Imagine Engine says:

    MacEnstein doesn’t need to file with the copyright office to protect their work as there is a basic understanding in law both in the USA and in Canada of what rights an Artist has to protect their work. This is one of the reasons why Apple got into trouble when they used images taken by an Artist to advertise their Apple TV without getting permission from the Artist or even paying him any royality fee for using the images. Since the photographs were done by MacEnstein for posting on this site, not someone else’s it doesn’t give anyone the right to copy the images to help boost their site web traffic or reader publication for their magazine.

  18. mangochutney says:

    Talk about ripp-offs.

  19. Paul says:

    “Also, just because you watermark a photo, does not mean you own the copyright.”

    Ha! Too true. But you if you own the PHOTO, it does mean you own the copyright.

    I also don’t see a link back to Macenstein anywhere on that page (but damn that Digg button sure sticks out, don’t it?) Stop set trippin, holmes.

  20. bc says:

    “Also, just because you watermark a photo, does not mean you own the copyright.”

    yeah, the editor at coedmag is just dead wrong in what he is implying – copyright has NOTHING to do with whether or not you put a watermark or copyright message on the image.

    as Paul and Imagine Engine both say above, in US and Canada, if the photo is yours, then it’s yours. period. regardless or marking, notice, or otherwise.

    using such photos without approval of the owner is a copyright violation. just because they are on the web does not mean they’re free for all.

  21. bc says:

    p.s. “acting in good faith” would be more like sending an email to macenstein asking permission to repost the photos. or putting a clear notice stating the source of the photos.

    stealing them is just not cool. aside from clearly in violation of copyright.

  22. Angel E. V. says:

    X-Ray Vision to see the nice bodies on the ladies

  23. odin says:

    DMCA Notices!!!!

  24. CyberTeddy says:

    yes, keep watermark them and let others download the pics. why?

    i quote:
    ” Editor – Says:
    January 8th, 2009 at 4:11 pm
    Originally we linked all the thumbnails to your pics, but we were getting complaints that all the links were dead because your server could not handle the traffic.”

    much more server friendly and lower the traffic costs for macenstein.

    “.. using the creator’s network bandwidth without any benefit to them. This is often described as stealing bandwidth.”

    just keep marking them 🙂

  25. Jim says:

    Sorry for the double post – but this is actually a better link to the information you might be interested in…

  26. lord-helmet says:

    Next time just replace all the thumbnails with Goatse, then the hotlinking should fix itself. 😉

  27. K.E. says:

    @ Editor –,

    Embedded deep linking to dense content (video, images, etc) is just plain rude. It’s considered leaching of bandwidth.

    Copying your images to your server, while the better option, without attributes, is also, just plain rude.

    You had two options here. Either link to the “Mac Chick of the Month” page, or get permission to use the pics with attribution. Not hard.

    I’m shocked that this late in the game, people, even those from money making sites, still think its ok to “borrow” the content of other’s work.

    Don’t be an ass in the future. Ask.

  28. Andrew R R says:

    Here’s another site to add to the list. And I am guessing that none of these sites **asked for permission** to run these images?

    To use copyrighted/watermarked images without owner’s consent is infringement.

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