Evan Martin (evan) wrote in lj_dev,
Evan Martin
evan
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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 LiveJournal.com:
% curl -s -i -H "Referer: http://www.livejournalx.com" 'http://hometown.aol.com/dvyfacs/myhomepage/old+friends+1.jpg' | head -1
HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Yay, we got the image!

Now try it with LiveJournal:
% curl -s -i -H "Referer: http://www.livejournal.com" 'http://hometown.aol.com/dvyfacs/myhomepage/old+friends+1.jpg' | 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 evan.livejournal.com) doesn’t trigger it.
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