Why A Hotlinking Wiki

Hotlinking leads to economic harm: Companies and individuals who conduct business online have the right to protect their intellectual property from unauthorized use.

Malicious hotlinkers entitle themselves to make use of digital property without compensating the owners. Hotlinkers treat the Internet as though the rules of the brick-and-mortar world do not apply. Websites are viewed as repositories of free information, even if the information is proprietary.

Hotlinkers routinely ignore copyright and other laws designed to respect property rights. They convert private property to their own use without paying for it or even asking.

Such practices turn the international marketplace on its ear, denying owners rewards from the fruit of their labor while rewarding thieves for cunning.

Say, for example, you are in the graphic-design business. You showcase a portfolio of your work online to woo potential clients. A hotlinker who exercises illegal control over your designs or elements on your sales pages is denying your right to compete on a level playing field.

Hotlinkers license themselves to steal individual and corporate assets, increasing the costs of doing business. Hotlinkers are no more entitled to proprietary content than a customer is entitled to free money from a bank by arguing "that's where the vault is."

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