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I believe the display issue is with your ISP. I am betting that they have no problem with a web page on your site including an image, but that an image all my itself is blocked. Without any HTML they are assuming that some third party is using the image, and so "stealing bandwidth".

Are you addressing this to me? In any case it's wrong. Hot linking protection does not look at what is being served but at the page requesting the image. I don't know which server variable the software uses, it could be:


but not all requests include this info. From Stack Overflow

The address of the page (if any) which referred the user agent to the current page. This is set by the user agent. Not all user agents will set this, and some provide the ability to modify HTTP_REFERER as a feature. In short, it cannot really be trusted.

There are other more reliable variables but I have no clue as to what Hot Linking uses. It needs that info to compare against the white list. A firewall or some other protection might be removing it.

Denny Schlesinger
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