Photobucket broke links for millions of photos, requires $399 subscription to fix them

Jul 3, 2017

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photobucket broke links for millions of photos, requires $399 subscription to fix them

Jul 3, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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If you’re embedding images from Photobucket to other websites, prepare for an unpleasant surprise. They have changed their subscription rules, and consequently broke links of millions of images across the internet. In case you want to embed the photos from Photobucket to another website or forum, you have to pay $399 per year to make the photos visible on third-party websites again.

According to Norvic Philatelics, this change happened without any previous announcement. Everyone with the lower subscription level will have to upgrade to the highest one in order to make their images visible on other websites and forums. And as you can expect, this made many users feel cheated and furious.

According to Photobucket’s homepage, they host over 15 billion images. With this change to their subscription policy, they broke links to millions of photos on all kinds of websites and changed it with this icon:

It’s good to note that the photos are still hosted on Photobucket, they’re just not visible on third-party websites anymore. To make the embedded photos visible again, the users are required to pay for the Plus 500 plan. In other words – the most expensive one. That will cost them $39.99 a month, or $399 a year.

According to Ghacks, when you click on the icon to open it in a new tab, the actual photo is shown on Photobucket. This wasn’t the case for me. When I clicked on the icon, it opened on Photobucket as well, instead of the actual image. I guess it depends on the browser, but still – it makes the whole situation even more limiting for those who embed the photos from Photobucket. If you want to try, you can use this forum as an example.

Of course, many users were angry because of this sudden change. Not only the subscription is really pricey, but they also weren’t notified in advance. This, in a way, looks like a ransom. “If you want your photos to be visible again, send us 400 bucks.”

Now, I know “there’s no such thing as free lunch.” Image hosting doesn’t need to be free, and paid subscriptions have their benefits on different websites. I just think this isn’t a way to make people pay. It’s unfair and unethical, and I believe it will cause Photobucket to lose many of their users.

Do you host your photos on Photobucket? Have you experienced this problem and what will you do? Pay the subscription, or host photos elsewhere?

[via PC Mag]

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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5 responses to “Photobucket broke links for millions of photos, requires $399 subscription to fix them”

  1. Yomismo Avatar
    Yomismo

    Photobucket just commited suicide, byeee!

  2. Bjarne Varöystrand Avatar
    Bjarne Varöystrand

    Yet another reason for hosting stuff your self!
    Been using koken.me for the last three years, and cant be any happier!

    1. Sam Dickinson Avatar
      Sam Dickinson

      Another +1 for Koken. Love it, run a few sites on it.

      1. Bjarne Varöystrand Avatar
        Bjarne Varöystrand

        +1 :D
        Hope we will see you over at the Koken Community Support site also! :D
        (https://kokensupport.com)

  3. Renato Murakami Avatar
    Renato Murakami

    Never liked the website much… they hosted a whole bunch of things with no guidelines. It never seemed to evolve much too.
    This last step though is downright scummy. Looks like extortion to be honest.
    I hope no one pays and the website closes down, if they don’t end up with a lawsuit in their hands.
    I totally get that hosting is not free and perhaps the service was about to shut down because it couldn’t pay the bills, but this is no way of turning things around.
    The whole thing with Microsoft trying to cap OneDrive free plans and whatnot was already unpopular enough for them to retract it… and they warned months in advance.