Any other photobucket users around here? A few days ago, Photobucket committed business suicide by suddenly charging US$400 for third-party posting, something that was free since 2003 and free on other photo uploading sites. Photobucket accused of blackmail after quietly requiring users to pay $400 a year to hotlink It's clear extortion on a monumental scale. How Photobucket is shaking down its users Of course they are within their rights to do this, but from a PR standpoint for a company, this is equivalent to standing in the middle of a crowd, pulling down your pants and shitting yourself - on purpose. How or why anyone in their company would think that this is the way to make money is beyond me. Heck, it defies logic so much, it would be beyond Stephen Hawking. Plus now, millions (perhaps billions) of ads are affected and spread out throughout the internets, with people's pics replaced with this : Amazon and eBay images broken by Photobucket's 'ransom demand' http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40492668 It's like they advertised a trillion times that they are extorting people. This is going to be a textbook example of how ABSOLUTELY NOT to do business for years to come. First, they should have just given people ample warning, and not buried it in a rambling and vague Terms and Conditions update four days before implementing their new "policy." Second, they should have chosen to charge less than an arm and a leg for a service that is still widely free and common on the internet. Rest in peace, Photo-phuck-et. On second thought, no, I hope you burn in hell.