|IMDb is evil
||[Dec. 16th, 2005|07:10 pm]
IMDb appears to use stupid tricks to try to prevent you from copying images from the site, like making the actual image a table background and using a transparent gif as the table content so that if you right click on it, you will get a context menu for the overlaying transparent image.
<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" background=
img src="http://i.imdb.com/mptv1.gif" border="0" width="485" height="323"></td>
Here OT028.jpg is the actual content and mptv1.gif is a transparent image.
Like so many other copy protection methods, this one is great for preventing fair use because the average person is not clueful enough to figure it out; on the other hand it does nothing to deter a genuine attacker intending to violate copyright.
Evil, or just plain stupid?