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Htaccess: Preventing hot linking

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'''Hot linking'''
What is hot linking? It's when someone else links to some content on your server and uses your server to deliver the goods. It could be images or any non-html objects. They are effectively stealing your bandwidth at your expense.
The Uniform Server has mod-rewrite enabled, allowing you to rewrite the requested URL on-the-fly based on configuration directives and rules. It's as complex as it sounds. I found this code on the Internet which prevents hot linking to images on your site.
Just pop this code into your root .htaccess file for global effect, or a sub-folder directory to localise the effect to just one section of your site:
== Serve a broken image ==
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