What is "Direct Linking" ...
Direct Linking ... Hot Linking... is when someone takes one of my graphics, and uses it either on a web page, in their email, or even in a chat... and it is being pulled from my server.
Q: Why can't I just add <IMG SRC="http://www.billybear4kids.com/nameofgraphic.gif">?
Download - use your right mouse button and SAVE clipart to your computer's hard drive, that is called downloading when you do this.
Upload - sending your files to your server using a FTP program, this is called uploading when you do this. Most of your internet providers, or places where you want to put your web page will help you learn how to do this.
Server - is the computer where you store (save) your files on for your web page on the internet.
Link - This is a way that you can get from one site to another site on the internet. For example: You can add a link back to my site so others can visit. This link would look like this... Billy Bear's Playground. The HTML code would look like this... <a href="http://www.billybear4kids.com/">Billy Bear's Playground</a>
Direct Linking - This is an internet NO NO! This is where you link a graphic to your web page by coding it so that the graphic comes from someone else's computer (or their server's computer) instead of your own (or your server's computer). This causes not only your graphics to load slower, or may appear as a missing icon, it steals bandwidth ...which is very costly for those you are doing this to!
Bandwidth - is the amount of information sent through the internet.
Copyright - The person who creates something, such as a graphic, by law, owns the rights to his or her work. If you use someones work without their permission, or without following their License to Use (aka Rules), this is a violation of their copyright... which means... it is against the law.
WebTV, Chat & Email click here for more information. But do come back up here, and read the rest of the page for more information, especially if you want to create your own web page for the internet.
Here's a few more reasons why you should not use my server...
If I have a graphic and decide to take it off the internet or if I rename
a graphic (I rename clipart several times a month now)... you will end up with this on your page...
Or sometimes a graphic artist will rename their graphics and put another
graphic on their server using the original name... then you will end up
with "unknown" graphics on your page... something like this...
This one is "nice" ...I've seen some really bad ones... I
mean REALLY bad graphics pop up on web pages. So remember... don't code
your HTML the WRONG way by using someone else's server! Remember to DOWNLOAD
to your computer's hard drive, then UPLOAD to your own server.
Did You Know?
I don't know if you noticed... but when this page loaded, it took a
long time because it was looking for the "missing graphic" ...and
if you've got a page filled with missing graphics... your page will take
a long time to load!
We, all of us, need to teach people the correct way to code their HTML...
If you are coding the wrong way... and using graphics from
one of my main pages (and not from the clipart pages) then I use a banner
like this one.
How do we know if you've coded wrong?
One way is to do a search, here we used Alta
Vista Search Engine. Type in:
...this will bring up sites that have linked to our site and/or coded
their HTML wrong and are using our server for the graphics instead of their
own server. If you want to do a search on graphics on your page, type in:
image:the domain name/name of your site is listed as
You can also do a serch for individual graphics by typing in the name of the graphic.
Okay... so what's the correct way?
If it's okay with the original artist, you need to DOWNLOAD the graphics to your computer's hard drive...
then UPLOAD them to your server.
Q: I don't know how to DOWNLOAD or UPLOAD.
Upload to your server. If you don't know how, ask your server
how to upload to their system. Most use a FTP program and can tell you
how to use the program.
Q: What is the HTML code to put graphics
on my page?
Q: ...but I use WebTV, not a computer.
I can't download/upload graphics.
Suggestion... Visit Kinkos! I've heard that you can upload graphics to your own server for your own webpages at Kinkos! Another thing you can do is find a friend with a computer and ask them to download & upload for you. This way you can use the clipart from my collections because you'll be able to unzip them.
WebTV Voice great site to visit for help!!!
TransLoad Service is another way that allows you to download/upload using their service. Because my clipart is now in .zipped format, you will not be able to use my clipart this way, but for other clipart collections, this service is great. If EVERYONE would stop direct linking to my clipart, then I could concider once again unzipping my clipart... but til then, I have to leave them zipped.
A: I would NOT use any of those sites, most have taken work that they have found around the net, not even knowing who they belong to. Using them could get you in trouble with the original artists! Stay away from collection sites like those.
Q: I want to Chat and use your clipart for my charcter, can I?
Q: I would like to use your clipart for my email.
Q: If I see a graphic on someone's webpage,
can I take it?
Need Clipart for your WebPages?
BEWARE! Too many sites
that claim to offer "FREE Clipart" from their Collection webpages,
often just travel around the internet grabbing art that they see and like
and then post it on their pages... DO NOT TAKE GRAPHICS FROM THESE SITES!
...often times they themselves are in violation of copyright laws! A good
way to tell if they are in violation of copyright laws... if you see a
disclaimer that states they do not know if the graphics are copyright???...then
the graphics they have include... Disney, or Looney Toon Characters...
we ALL know they are protected by Copyright Laws!
Did you know that
the minute a graphic is created by the artist it is covered under the copyright
laws? It is! ...and if you take it, you are in violation of copyright laws!
If it's not yours... Don't take it! ...unless the original artist says
that you can.
How would you feel
if you spent hours making something... only to have it taken by someone
else? ... one more time, If it's not yours... Don't take it! ...unless
the original artist says that you can.
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