Internet Trope On the internet, there are a bunch of cool images. Most people are fine if they are spread and displayed, should the proper permission and bandwith be in play. However, there are those who display images on their site directly taken from another site, "Hotlinked" or "Inline Linked", using the other site's bandwith without permission for their own purposes. Of course, when the home site find this out, it's quite easy to change the image to something else. Hilarity Ensues. Usually it's just changed to a warning against using images/bandwith without permission, but sometimes, snarky pranks or Shock Site images ensue. This is why we have the Image Uploader
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: The "National Organization for Marriage", an anti-gay group, hot-linked a comic from his site. The author responded by changing the image to one supporting gay marriage.
- The creator of a "Grim Reaper Holding an Hourglass" image, popularly hotlinked from Myspace, changed it to the Goatse.cx image. Hilarity Ensues.
- A 2004 LiveJournal April Fools' Day prank called "Operation: Jour de Poisson" featured a user spreading an icon in apparent support of the phrase "Under God" in the pledge of allegience... switching the image to one supporting the exact opposite stance on April 1st.
- The (hilarious) way Cockeyed.com dealt with a leecher is here.
- The John Mc Cain Myspace site featured an update template which didn't give the requested credit to its designer, and leeched images from his site. He responded by replacing it with a fake message from John supporting gay marriage.
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