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Is Direct Link Allowed?

Is Direct Link Allowed?

Postby admin » Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:17 pm

No. You must download images to your own hard drive. Linking directly to our graphics is considered bandwidth theft, and is illegal. There are sites that allow you to do this, ...we are NOT one of those sites. You must upload everything to YOUR desktop, then upload to YOUR site! Do NOT directly link to our images, templates or intros. Doing so will result in your IP being banned from our site.

Bandwidth theft or "hotlinking" is direct linking to a website's files (images, video, etc.). An example would be viewing a page source and "copying the html" you found on someone else's web page and inserting it into your page so the information will appear on your own site, journal, weblog, forum posting, etc.

Bandwidth refers to the amount of data transferred from a website to a user's computer. When you view a webpage, you are using that site's data transfer to display the files. Since web hosts charge based on the amount of data transferred, bandwidth is an issue. If a site is over it's monthly bandwidth, it's billed for the extra data or taken offline.

A simple analogy for bandwidth theft: Imagine a random stranger plugging into your electrical outlets, using your electricity without your consent, and you paying for it.

If it is discovered that you are stealing our bandwidth, you IP will be banned from our servers and you will no longer have access to our site.
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