Hugene - 7:56 pm on Jul 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
The hotlinking is not a good thing, but at least it is mitigated by the fact that a click anywhere on the hotlinked image, or around it, will bring the user to the original page.
The AdSense ads on the images though is really crazy. If the image is hotlinked, and your bandwidth is serving it, then why the hell should G put an ad on it and make money with it.
This is pure crazy. Who came up with that stupid move?
I guess you can argue that this is already done in YouTube. But with youtube, at least you get a service in return: your video is stored and served by G (and not by you).