I think it is well past time that we had an announcement on this subject. For those of you that are not aware of what hotlinking is, please carefully read this definition:
Also, from the same site:
When someone finds a picture on the internet and decides to copy the web address and post it here, that person is in fact stealing
from the website that they found the picture on. This practice could also put this community at risk, and that is something I'm sure none of us wants. Hotlinking is inconsiderate and it is a form of theft, and it should never be practiced here, or anywhere else.
If you come across a picture that you want to post here, you should first check the other website and look to see if the owner of that site has any objections to others using their picture(s). Normally, if they do, they will clearly have a message that reads something like: "Please do not use any images on this website" or the message will request that you ask for permission to use the picture(s). Other times, there will be a message that simply states that all pictures are free to be used.
Let's say now that you have permission to use a picture and you want to post it here. What you need to do is save that picture to your computer, and then upload it to a website that allows image hosting. Photobucket
is an example of a website that allows you to upload pictures from your computer and then share those pictures with others all over the internet. This is the proper
way to do it.
This is how it must
be done here at W2JP. Hotlinked images will
be removed by staff if they come across a post with an image that is hotlinked.
Questions and/or comments on this subject can be posted here.