Linking to images in a forum
Posted 20 July 2006 - 10:38 AM
Should I allow linked images from other sites? Should I allow them but request that the users always add 'Image curtesy of www.domain.com' or similar?
Posted 20 July 2006 - 11:24 AM
As in: add a "© myforum" watermark or turn it into a B/W pic.
Posted 20 July 2006 - 11:47 AM
I would be inclined to discourage that practice because the image/website owners may just think of it as hotlinking, regardless of the innocent intent of your members.
Should I allow linked images from other sites?
When some people find out that their pictures are being “linked to” they replace the "linked picture" with something rude or horrible.
Just my 2 cents.
Posted 20 July 2006 - 11:51 AM
TreV - that is my concern.. but if I get people to credit the image with a link or name drop of the company, that is like free advertising.. or is it?
Posted 20 July 2006 - 12:13 PM
However, most of the time the poster simply puts up an image, no discussion, they just use my BW. I use .htaccess to ban those sites from using my images.
Posted 20 July 2006 - 12:24 PM
It was getting 10,000+ hits per day.
I changed the name of the image on my site, and deleted the old one, though I was tempted to deliver something else - at 10x10 it was barely recognizable as what is was.
It was pretty annoying. Chances are that people aren't going to like having their pictures linked to like that.
There may also be the potential for someone to claim copyright infringement.
If they use images, they should ask for permission. If you want them to use images that they have gotten permission for, you might want to look at ways to have them upload those.
Posted 20 July 2006 - 12:31 PM
Being a pessimist I would not permit linking, but try to come up another "win win" solution
Posted 20 July 2006 - 12:34 PM
Posted 21 July 2006 - 02:56 PM
I myself am in two minds. If people were using my images for an unrelated purpose it would bother me - but if I sold wedding dresses, and my dresses were being hot linked, and credited, from a wedding forum, I think I would be very happy - in fact I would encourage it!
However, I do realise that my view is not nessecarily the same as others!
Canadiachick, a guide would be great, as I have already seen this problems! However, simply hosting somebody elses images elsewhere, rather than hotlinking, does not really solve the 'problem'!
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