Copyright applies to the Internet as well as the real world and stealing bandwidth is a crime.
Unless you have my permission to download an image from my site, it is theft. Simply email me and ask if you can use it. This does not mean you can do anything you want with the image, such as using it to create your own graphics collection. As the creator of the image, whether photo or clipart, I hold the copyright and you are granted a non-exclusive license to use it. It is my right to grant or not grant permission to you but please ask first. This goes for the written content on this site as well. You cannot legally take text content or graphics unless you have consent from me, the copyright holder.
Stealing bandwidth is when you link to someone else's files on their server. This is hot-linking.
Please do not link to an image file, sound file or other file types on my site. You will be committing bandwidth theft if you link directly to files with their url because my server has to send data (bandwidth transference) to your site. This slows down both our sites and will cost me money if I go over my bandwidth allowance since my site sits on a paid webhost server. Hot-linking is calling someone else's file to your server. I do not deserve to lose my web site if I go over bandwidth quota because of you. I want to keep my site so you can enjoy visiting and I can continue to enjoy creating.
...is putting the url of say, an image here, into the html for your page. The image will show up on your webpage because it is linked to my image on my site but is not actually inside your file folders. The best way around this is to get yourself a digital camera, start a photo hobby, learn a graphics program, load your lovely images from your camera on to your device and be proud of your own work as I am of mine. Or go to the many copyright-free photo/clipart sites and use their images.
Don't think you're anonymous on the internet.
Your IP address is logged and your IP address can easily be tracked to your ISP who has logs of which account has used which IP address on what date and time. And I can check the log of bandwidth usage in my account and will have a full record.
So don't think you can't be caught and don't spoil it for other people who are honest. I have worked hard to develop this site with many hours of enjoyable slog. I aim to protect what is mine.
Good manners work as well on the internet as they do in the real world. Something to remember.
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