I found many of my snake images on this website so I emailed the admin.
First of all: What you see is not the hotlinking of images. Nowhere on my website you will find just a single full-size image that is hotlinked and embedded in my page. I just don't do it, because I respect copyrights! What I do, I use the Flickr-API to show thumbnails of images on Flickr. This is perfectly legal - any search engine does the same - and when you click on the thumbnails, the link will redirect you from the snakedatabase directly to your Flickr account.
This is an automated process and in general welcomed by photographers because they will get more traffic on their pages through all these redirects.
If you don't like it, just change the sharing options of your images to private. As long as they are freely visible on Flickr, the API will continue to distribute your thumbnails. Not sure, if would be in your own interest, though.
He says it's not hotlinking? When I click on the thumbnails on the page, it brings me to that particular image on my Flickr!
For example, if i click on the image on the top left, it takes me here:
Is this really legal as claimed by him? My Flickr setting:
Allow others to share your stuff? - NO (changed it to NO yesterday!)
Your thoughts on this appreciated! TIA.