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    "Since 2003, the popular photo hosting service Photobucket has been letting users upload and host images for free on their servers. They have over 10 billion images stored by 100 million registered users. But now they’re going to start charging, and that means billions of images around the Web are now broken.

    Hotlinking (AKA inline linking) is when someone takes an image file hosted on a server and embeds it on a different webpage elsewhere. Since the new webpage continuously requests the file from the original source server, it saps the server owner’s bandwidth (and storage space).

    Photobucket allowed hotlinking photos uploaded to and stored on its servers for a long time. This was their business model, and they made money from ads on their own site, which users would be exposed to when they went to upload content.

    Unfortunately for Photobucket users, things are about to change in a big way as of June 26th. Now the service is rolling out a $399 per year subscription fee for those who want to hotlink images from Photobucket’s servers to display elsewhere. That means that billions of images across the Web now display an error message instead of the image in question.
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    From: https://petapixel.com/2017/07/01/pho...-embedded-web/



    Amazon and eBay images broken by Photobucket's 'ransom demand'

    "Thousands of images promoting goods sold on Amazon and other shopping sites have been removed after a photo-sharing service changed its terms."

    "Ebay and Etsy have also been affected, in addition to many forums and blogs."

    "But the sudden new policy has also affected historical social media posts, blogs and forums that were reliant on Photobucket."

    FROM: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40492668
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    While there's every chance they'll follow photobucket's lead at some point and start charging, I have been using flickr for ages simply because it's better. Larger images, no advertising... much better.
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    Any time you utilize a photo hosting site with "million of users" you run the risk of (millions of users, subtract your trivial needs) driving up the costs.

    Off-the-radar and low-key photo hosting outfits are better.

    Some of them don't have administrative features (there is no user account for 'photo administration' purposes so you can't delete images later on) which would be a concern for family type photo hosting but carries no consequences for trainsim image hosing. They are only screenies of v-scale trains, so if you are a legit non-pirate, who cares if they have to live forever and you have no way of taking them down.

    But that will teach those ebayers. They should have become a bank, where you get your socialism in one big check. Instead those lowly ebayers needed to get their socialism one image at a time.

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    The Photobucket fallout has been large. A discussion topic I've been following on the Trains website has lost thousands of images because of this, and the author has no time to go and rebuild six years of posts...

    I'm moving many of my albums over to Flickr, but that's only because Google pulled the plug on Picasa and doesn't seem to provide a way to link photos with Google Photos.

    As a reminder, Nels does allow uploading of images here, and encourages it.

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    Some of us saw this before with the ImageShack fallout from 2014. But at least they gave you plenty of advanced notice, and you had a year to move your stuff if you failed to pay up.

    The advent of social media sure has turned us into a nation who likes to display all our daily routine crap for the world to see. All of that cost has been carried by someone else. I don't know what the fascination is with documenting every photogenic moment in our lives for the world to see, but I can assure you they are not all diamonds in there worthy of publication to the world.

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    I think the lesson in all of this is to always retain the images -- burn them to several disks, copies to google drive and dropbox, whatever works, just don't keep them all in one place / one kind of media.

    And for you 3dmodelers out there... same advice WRT your source files. What's another DVD in the drawer cost compared to losing everything with a severe disk crash?
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    Maybe it wouldn't have been so bad if Peebucket didn't demand $399 per annum. Who in their right mind would spend that much on a yearly subscription to a picture hosting site if you aren't a Professional business and couldn't afford it, 25 dollars a year for everyone would have been just fine and wouldn't have caused so much fuss. Of course, this now sets a precedent, as I'm sure flickr and others will now see a potential revenue stream in the future and will go down the same road, you just watch!!!

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    Everybody - grow up. This digital world could disappear tomorrow, all of it. We almost lost some forums a while back, this virtual world, is truly the most fragile human's have ever constructed. Totally sucks up the available power that could be used to heat some more caves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R. Steele View Post
    Everybody - grow up. This digital world could disappear tomorrow, all of it. We almost lost some forums a while back, this virtual world, is truly the most fragile human's have ever constructed. Totally sucks up the available power that could be used to heat some more caves.

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