2008.07.28 08:49 "[Tiff] CVS access", by Mateusz Łoskot

2008.07.29 16:37 "Re: [Tiff] CVS access", by Gary McGath

I was wondering why libtiff.org showed different versions than www.remotesensing.org/libtiff/. How are users meant to know that libtiff.org is not the real web site of the libtiff project? The real web site makes no mention of it...

The real web site does not reference libtiff.org any more - that's the main clue. Beyond that how much point is there in talking about the hijacked site to people who have made it to the real site?

Whether or not there might be legal recourse, it isn't worth it to us (or at least me) to pursue, and our claim might be weak. Just one of those things that sucks.

Unfortunately, the fake site still has featured-link status when you do a Google search for "libtiff." I've just edited a recent post about BigTIFF (http://fileformats.blogspot.com/2008/07/update-on-bigtiff.html) by adding a link to point to the correct place, and noting, "Beware of imitations such as www dot libtiff dot org!"

If people add links to the correct site from appropriate pages which they control, it might bump libtiff dot org out of first place.

Gary McGath
Digital Library Software Engineer
Harvard University Library Office for Information Systems