We're all caught up in this .... those of us whom have maintained PHOTOBUCKET accounts over the years at least .... and possibly nobody more than me, "over at HJG", given PB's what I've used, since 2006, to present imagery relating to our previews as well as all of my own "non commercial" aviation histories and FS features which I present over there
I feel the most despicable aspect of this entire PB debacle is not so much what's been done, but rather, "the manner in which they've gone about doing it" .... given nobody was forewarned of what they were going to do until "AFTER" they'd already started blocking the odd imagery from peoples accounts (on June 30th) .... then a week later (to the very day) blocking "ALL" imagery from peoples accounts .... until they complied with PB's new terms.
What PB's done amounts to nothing more than "extortion and holding people to ransom" (blackmail is "NOT" a particularly impressive business tactic) .... a stunt IMAGE SHACK apparently tried a few years back but which eventually bounced back on them (so I'm told) .... and which must surely eventually adversely impact PB as well.
No point wasting ones time trying to reason or negotiate with them .... because they're hell-bent on what they've set out to do regardless, but, it's going to cost them a lot of following (not to mention respect) .... and possibly even their economic sustainability .... given few but for major commercial businesses will likely subscribe (be able to afford to) to PB's new annual terms ($399 per year to allow 3rd part hosting of ones own images) .... BUT .... maybe that's the direction PB fully intended to go anyway in respct of transitioning into a more "business oriented and user pays system"
Who knows !!!!
I've simply "wiped my hands of them" .... and have just moved over to IMGUR.COM .... and are hoping for the best over there.
I suggest people "HERE" consider doing the same also