I discovered something today that is truly hard to believe. I did an image search and was happy to see my images show up in the serps. Great! My images are ranking well! Until ... I clicked on some of them and noticed that it was not my website ranking for the images, but another website that hotlinked my images. Actually, that website was nothing but small snippets of text and hotlinked (= stolen) images from several other websites.
Why are my hotlinked images ranking in the serps, but directing vistors to the thief's website? How honest is this? I would expect Google engineers to be smart enough and direct visitors to the website of the owner of the images and stop supporting the business of hotlinkers. Or simple stop showing hotlinked images in the serps.