Their has been a problem with "Hot Linking" recently and i felt we should discuss what this is. And what it can cause.
This is taken directly from my Webdesign 2 class:
See. Hotlinking is wrong as it takes away the bandwith.... and their is another reason why it is wrong.Originally Posted by FLVS.net
Search engines look for the "hits" a site has by sending out "search bots" to the sites. if the forum is set up to be seen like this the bots will see the its and classify the forum. by posting photos here form somewhere else they are essntially paying for our hits. they take the photo and we get the search engines to up our ranking.
Now here is what I believe is right with it. If you have permission to display the image or video.. Thats ok. if you own the image yourself you may display it. otherwise link to the site displaying the iamge. If it is on a forum, ask if you may display it then link it....
Please do not "Hot Link" without permission anymore.