Webwork - 5:45 pm on Apr 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
URLs, as outbound links (OBLs), are arguably static but the contents of the files the OBLs reference or the destination site's URL structure itself may not be static. For example, a webmaster can swap images "in a file" (URL) while maintaining the same URL/file name.
That being the case must all websites, at the risk of being sued if some change is made to the externally hosted image, now continuously monitor all externally hosted images and videos?
I would say yes if liability can attach merely by virtue of linking to an image at its source.
What if the URL "goes bad" (file deleted, corrupted, renamed, etc.) and the external system redirects to a new image? I get dinged/sued if the new redirected image/video file has copyright problems?