Ron Hornbaker, the creator of Alexaholic and the face of Web 2.0, is getting reamed unfairly for using the Alexa service. That makes a good headline but isn't quite what is happening.
Ron was stealing the images directly from the Alexa site not using the API. Alexa started to block his use of the Alexa images directly from their site, clearly indicating their disapproval. In response Ron admits that he tried to thwart attempts to block his site from using the images, calling it a game of "cat and mouse".
Honestly if someone:
- Registered a domain using your trademark
- Steals your sites resources.
- Continues to steal your resources after you tell them to stop
- Encourages others to steal your resources
What are you to do?
The guy is no better than any other scraper or hot linking webmaster and he deserves his just desserts. You won't hear that on any pundit blog though because that doesn't fit your typical linkbait template.
What do you think?