Direct linking or bandwidth theft is a huge problem on the internet.
What is bandwidth? Bandwidth is the usage of a website, measured in
bytes, and is charged to a website in monthly increments usually.
When you go to a website and the page starts to download, bandwidth
is being used. The background graphics, the title, the graphics, midi
files, streaming video, etc all use bandwidth.
When you visit a website and decide you like the graphics and directly
link/or copy the item and then place it on another site like this one,
you are stealing the bandwidth of that site. Essentially, the item is
still on the server where you found it, and they are being charged for
the bytes used here as well as there.
Most people that do this are completely unaware of the consequences
it has for the owner of the web site. To put it in dollar figures, it can
easily reach into $ thousands and it is often the cause of certain
websites shutting down. And why most free e-card sites have
vanished or now charge for their use. Free media on the internet is
definitely in jeopardy as a result of bandwidth theft. It also slows
down the loading of the pages.
I guess what I'll saying is, it would be better if we upload a picture and
put it on the server rather than link it with another site to this site and
making the system bog down. If RHP gets charged for the amount of
actitivy, then the charges are going to go up with all these links in
people's profile pointing to other sites, If we have 50000 people
logged on doing something and they all have links in their profile, the
system will slow down consirable.
Just a thought the fonder.