This robot came calling here yesterday. Apparently NameProtect is a “Digital Brand Asset Management company.” Hmmm.


Dave Hyndman's picture
Dave Hyndman on February 24, 2003 - 15:00 Permalink

What is it? Looking for links to MP3s, etc. on behalf of media companies?

Lou Quillio's picture
Lou Quillio on February 24, 2003 - 20:26 Permalink

The NPBot works for, which sells an intellectual property protection service. The bot is looking for copyright infringement. I do not provide bandwidth for this purpose any more than I maintain a telephone line as an inbound marketing channel.…

I made the call about a week ago. So far the NPBot is respecting this, at least in cases where it self-identifies:

User-agent: NPBot
Disallow: /

It’s going to take something a little stronger to block the DTS Agent, spambot minion of a truly nefarious email address harvester:…

Time for a UNIX box: this is a job for .htaccess

dave moses's picture
dave moses on February 25, 2003 - 13:29 Permalink

My favorite phrase :”crawler politeness controls”