So, what is a "hotlink"? Feb 17, 2014 6:31:56 GMT -8 CoRnhOlio, The BOOM, and 3 more like this Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostMemberGive GiftBack to Top Post by Shorttime on Feb 17, 2014 6:31:56 GMT -8 The forum rules say you shouldn't hotlink pictures or videos.But what is a "hotlink"? How do you know if you're doing it?There are websites that are dedicated to hosting photos and videos. Photobucket, Imgur, Flickr, and Tinypics are some examples.These sites encourage you to upload your photos to them, and while you're there, they show you banner ads and popups, which is how they make a profit.They also make money if you take up more than a certain amount of megabytes on their site. Then you have to pay to get more.But most websites, including Facebook, news sites, blogs like Jalopnik, and corporate sites like Guns & Ammo, do not encourage this kind of activity. If you upload a photo to Facebook, then link to it from another site (like a forum or blog), you are hotlinking.If you link to a photo on a news site, you are hotlinking.If you see a photo of a car or flashlight you like, and link straight to it from another site, you are hotlinking.The basic difference is permission: photo hosting sites give you permission to link to photos and movies stored there. Other sites do not.I hope that clears it up a little.