An active hyperlink to a media file on another site that is active in the page it is used in without using the home sites HTML code.
Hot linking is prohibited on many message boards and blogs as it saps bandwidth from the home site serving the media file(s). It's illegality has yet to be tested.
In some instances hot linking is encouraged due to it's ability to draw eyes to the home site.
Robert was banned from a political discussion board when an image he posted was discovered to be a hotlink.
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