What is hot linking?

Description of hot or direct linking without permission

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What is direct or hotlinking?
"Hotlinking" (also called "hot linking", "leeching", and "bandwidth theft")
is a term referring to when a web page of one website owner is direct linking to the images
or other multimedia files on the web host of another website owner (usually without permission,
thus stealing bandwidth).
 
This not only causes the other person to pay for the bandwidth of the hotlinked file,
but often is intellectual property theft.
 
The term is also used loosely (a misnomer) by free image hosts
which allow you to store images on their server and allow you to direct link
the hosted image files on forums or other websites.
 
One of the most common occurrences of "hot linking" is when people are forum posting and they hotlink
pictures from another website to use as avatars or signature images on the messageboards (forums).
 
Some disadvantages of hot linking worth considering are that the webpage generally
loads slower when you link to images stored on a different web hosting server than the webpage is
hosted on, and the owner of the image has full control to disable hotlinking,
or delete, rename, or worse yet, do a "switcheroo"
(i.e., switching the file name to be another image) which is sure to cause
the hotlinker embarrassment) of the hot-linked image.
 
If you dont have your own online serverspace you can use one of the many providers wich offers
image uploading for free, you can hotlink those images to your own site.
 


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