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Hotlinking: What Is It, and Why Is It Bad?

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Why Hotlinking Is Theft
Even if You Have Permission to Use a Graphic

Each and every time someone looks at a webpage, their browser has to call up the image host and say, "send that image file over to me." It's like making a phone call.

...Multiply that by hours, days, and months, and then multiply that by the number of graphics on a clipart site. You can see why hotlinking puts a substantial load on an image host. That load is bandwidth, and someone has to pay for it.


Luckily, I usually download the images and write down their sources if I use resources from other hosts. However, I did hotlinked to the CC-BY-SA icon since I just copied the code from Creative Commons.1

Now, I’ve got rid of those hotlinked figures.

  1. The HTML code for embedding the Creative Commons license.