But in the past few months, while exploring possible reasons for a slowing internet/broadband capacity, I discovered that images from Ed & Reub had been hotlinked to free wallpaper sites such as Palmlix.com, The owner, Muhammad Farhan, is impossible to contact, so there is no way to ask him to pull down the image. Palmlix is chock-full of images lifted from professional photographers, many of them clearly bearing watermarks and copyrights, so his claim that they are "public domain," is false.
walldoze.com (Domain info here, b/c you won't find it there)
wallpowper.com (Domain info)
Making actual contact with any responsible parties for the above sites is extremely frustrating.
I used to have a Creative Commons license in the sidebar, which allowed use of images if they were attributed to me, were not used to make money, and were not altered in any way. Palmlix apparently interprets this broadly, by use of hotlinking as a means of attribution & ads as a means of raising money while offering the picture for free.
this article which goes into more detail about the problem of image theft and what she's done about it. I've chosen to pull the posts containing images I didn't wish to be linked rather than figure out how to prevent it using Blogger's platform. And as it turns out, the slow internet capacity was mostly due to bad DSL speeds and the fix for that is to return to cable.
UPDATE: Mia McPherson, author of the above link, and owner of On the Wing Photography, has just written a follow-up piece which divulges Muhammad Farhan's second thieving site A-GC.com. She gives an email address for the site administrator, if you are interested.
On a happier note, isn't this cool dino and jungle animal wallpaper?
Real wallpaper, from a paint store!