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4 years 11 months ago #25009

Question: Has anyone noticed broken links to photos in my posts at anytime in the last month?

Nearly all of the photos in my posts to this forum are hosted on Photobucket. This includes the lead posts to most of the threads in the Pharmas Market section of the forum.

I just came across information that Photobucket has changed its Terms of Service and is now charging for third-party sharing of photos. ($400 annual fee)

I found their notice to me in my spam folder.

From what I've been reading, it's been a big problem for Ebay and Amazon vendors who have to rebuild whole libraries, and for forums which will forever have broken links.

However, in looking at the Pharmas Market section of the forum, all my photos appear to be coming through fine.

Again, has anyone noticed any broken links to these photos in the last month?

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4 years 11 months ago #25010

Hi K, new photos only?


YMMV

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4 years 11 months ago #25012

It may be that they've backtracked and set that policy now, but according to multiple news sources it's not what they did initially, and I haven't found any statement to that effect.

They gave no warning that the new policy was coming. Initially, not only did they block the third party links, but many commenters say they also blocked the users' access to their own photos until the $399 was paid! (As of an hour ago, I still have access to mine.)

Here are three stories on it:

Ziff Davis, (tech magazine publisher) ... www.zdnet.com/article/photobucket-endure...-with-ransom-demand/

Denver Post, (PB is a Denver based company) ... www.denverpost.com/2017/07/06/photobucke...aints-over-charging/

news.au ... www.news.com.au/finance/business/technol...d7cb5c9a62e6ec2520c6

Last Edit: 4 years 11 months ago by klhilde.

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