What is my legal responsibility when allowing users to either transfer online images to my server, or creating hotlinks to online images?
February 14, 2011 8:50 PM Subscribe
What is my legal responsibility when allowing users to display images on my site that are sourced by the user either transferring online images to my server, or creating hotlinks to online images?
My web-app allows users to add images to their profile, either by uploading from their computer or providing a URL to the image. When a URL is provided, the user would choose between the following two options:
i) Copy the image to my server - The user does not want to be responsible for hosting the image but still want to use it in the web-app.
ii) Not copy the image and load the image every time from the URL that was provided - The user would rather host the image themself (such as a photo of the user's kids).
What is my legal responsibility with each of these two options? With i), I am transferring an image from somewhere on the net to my own server. With ii), I am using an image that is located on someone else's server in my web-app.
I am situated in Australia.