AOL blocks links from Livejournal

This is a test to verify a story just posted on Slashdot.

Last week, AOL began blocking all HTTP requests with “www.livejournal.com” Referer headers. This is a common practice by image hosting sites to prevent off-site linking of their images and ‘bandwidth theft’. However, in AOL’s case, they’re blocking everything, not just images, effectively breaking all links to any AOL member’s site–but only from LiveJournal.

There’s more info in the lj_dev community on Livejournal.

Test link: http://hometown.aol.com/batsdontcry/

The Release the Bats site is the only thing I know of on AOL. And it looks like it’s true.

Update: It looks like the problem has been fixed, links are working normally again.