Dealing with a hotlinker

d8tabyte

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Hey guys - it's been forever and a half since I have been back here, but I thought maybe you could give me a hand.

I have a guy hotlinking some of my images :tisk: - problem is, he is linking to the thumbnail directly. I use Joomla, so it isn't as simple as turning hotlinking protection on. Here is the URL structure of the image being linked.

Code:
http://www.detroitsportsnation.com/plugins/content/plugin_jw_sig/showthumb.php?img=bar/barrafaeli10150617mk4.jpg&width=150&height=150&quality=80
Now here's the issue - the guy is sending a good amount of traffic, 15,000+ a month. I want to redirect the visitors to that gallery - instead of getting the thumbnail he is linking them to.

Ive tried this in the main index of my site AND in the image directory:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://barrafaeli\.blogspot\.com/
RewriteRule .* [detroitsportsnation.com/home/the-man-cave/photo-galleries/itemlist/category/2-bikini-girls] [R=301,L]

If I have to, I will simply ban the ip of his site, but I would like to try to salvage the traffic if I can as I have what they are looking for, I just want to be able to display my ads, instead of an image. :bonk:

Any thoughts? - the problem is it is loading off showthumb.php

(btw, place looks great, come a long way)
 
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