I am planning to run an image site similar to this one, and what I've noticed is that every single image there are hosted externally through inline-linking.
Is this a way to avoid copyright infringements? Because upon following up, that's the impression I got from these links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inline_linking#Copyright_law_issues_that_inline_linking_raises http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/25315/hotlinking-what-is-it-and-why-shouldnt-people-do-it http://www.dmlp.org/legal-guide/linking-copyrighted-materials
where they states things like
"United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit explained why inline linking did not violate US copyright law: .... Google’s computers do not store the photographic images "
"It allows you to link to an asset without copying it, avoiding copyright infringement. Additionally, hotlinking keeps the asset in the original owner's control."
"embedding media in your online work should not expose you to legal liability"