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Photobucket - Holding the internet to "Ransom"

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Quick version of the story, after users have been utilising the photobucket service for years they did a quiet update to their terms & conditions a few days ago and then people woke up to find their hosted images replaced with a notice that their account had been restricted / features disabled.  Even if you were a paying customer, now unless you upgrade to the $399USD/year account you can no longer share your photos on 3rd party websites.  

And this is exactly what I was discussing previously here in a Blog post in our News section....
http://www.extremekites.com.au/blogs/entry/198-because-history-matters/

Here's the image in place...

Photobucket-3rd-party-hosting-warning.jpg

 

You can read more here: http://www.aqueous-digital.co.uk/social-media/why-is-photobucket-holding-the-internet-to-ransom 

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Over the past five days, people have been waking up to find images that were previously showing on blogs, bulletin boards, auction sites and so on, had disappeared to be replaced with the Photobucket ‘P500’ error image.

One of the biggest issues, however, was that it came out of the blue. No one knew about it. There were no announcements, no emails warning people that it was about to happen and more importantly, no explanation.

 

A lot, and I mean a lot of older content on old websites has just disappeared throughout the internet overnight.

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Sharing pictures on forums was the only reason to use photo bucket. There will be a lot of angry and disappointed internet users across the globe.

Lets ts see if mine is still working?

 

%5BURL=http://s644.photobucket.com/user/venn_1983/media/C7E32B43-B9D6-4B63-9B2A-8978E96353D1.jpg.html%5D%5BIMG%5Dhttp://i644.photobucket.com/albums/uu164/venn_1983/C7E32B43-B9D6-4B63-9B2A-8978E96353D1.jpg%5B/IMG%5D%5B/URL%5D

%5BURL=http://s644.photobucket.com/user/venn_1983/media/Kiting/f-arc%2004.jpg.html%5D%5BIMG%5Dhttp://i644.photobucket.com/albums/uu164/venn_1983/Kiting/f-arc%2004.jpg%5B/IMG%5D%5B/URL%5D

DSC_4144.jpg

%5BURL=http://s644.photobucket.com/user/venn_1983/media/Kiting/DSC_4144.jpg.html%5D%5BIMG%5Dhttp://i644.photobucket.com/albums/uu164/venn_1983/Kiting/DSC_4144.jpg%5B/IMG%5D%5B/URL%5D

Hmm, that's interesting. The only one that worked is the one I embedded as a link rather then just copy and pasting the image link from photo bucket?

Update: just tested on another forum that still uses the old [/IMG] code and works fine. Maybe they haven't got to restricting my account yet...

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B372E174-552A-4991-92D6-C1C08194A662_zps

Huh.

Just copied and pasted the "direct" link . . . after fighting through the ads :o wow, they're feral!

Oh wait, can anyone else see that?

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I can see the pic @Kamikuza, but my picture in the post above was working to start with, but it looks like it's now been restricted.

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6 hours ago, Kamikuza said:

B372E174-552A-4991-92D6-C1C08194A662_zps

Shiiiiit!!!!!! ............Do you reckon you've done it up tight enough, looking at the poor old allen key and your blister.:mosking:

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Har! The two aren't related...!

It was the tool for my foil board, and I thought I'd destroyed the threads for the fuselage bolts in the aluminum mast...just a soft as shite tool.

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They would of made more money from placing a banner ad at the bottom of every 3rd party hosted image, then the few people who will actually sign up for $400 a year. 

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17 hours ago, Kamikuza said:

B372E174-552A-4991-92D6-C1C08194A662_zps

Huh.

Just copied and pasted the "direct" link . . . after fighting through the ads :o wow, they're feral!

Oh wait, can anyone else see that?

That is not a Bondhus allen key.

 

fa94af6f-ade2-418c-baaa-bdd51921ae99.JPG

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