Back on topic though.
Now and again I'd Google some text, the poor man's Copyscape. That and combing logs for image calls, and the occasional live chat that gets opened from the ripping site. We once talked someone out of continuing to be hosted with the one that copied, when they thought they'd reached their support. Rare, and priceless.
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If hot linking images is a problem, why not disallow hot linking?
If I'm not mistaken, there is also a way to show an image of your choice to the hot link sites.
I've seen some nasty and sometimes graphic images used for this purpose.
Agreed. You can replace images if they're hotlinked, I need to get round to that one day.
Like it's already been said though, you can take a section of your text and run it through Google to find any coppiers.. Hell! You could even put your copyright text in your websites footer into Google and find people who have stolen your site. It sounds dumb but you would be surprised at the amount of people who don't bother changing the copyright notice!
^ It's not bullet proof but it will confuse a lot of people and speed up your site in the process.
Also you could use the complete URL for the biggest image on your site, every couple of months change the location on your site and replace the old one with a notice that the current site is using a stolen design.