August 25th, 2003

  • evan

AOL blocking LiveJournal image loading

Here’s the scoop:

Find a random image on an AOL member’s page.
Retrieve it with a Referer of something other than
% curl -s -i -H "Referer:" '' | head -1
HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Yay, we got the image!

Now try it with LiveJournal:
% curl -s -i -H "Referer:" '' | head -1
HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found

Hey, where’d it go?

...and what can we do about it? :(

I guess it’s their jurisdiction, but it’s a pretty low thing to do, especially because it appears to their users like it’s our fault. More interesting is that other Referers (for example, using doesn’t trigger it.