Dear Publishers who reprint articles from our site: If you want to ensure that your website doesn’t contain broken image links, then be sure to NEVER link to an authors image from our site. We never intended to host author photos for your benefit and the moment we shuffle our directory structure around, your site will have lots of broken image links.
Our reprint TOS doesn’t include the right to reprint the authors photo (See Section 1. o.).
If an author gives you permission to reprint their photo, then you are welcome to host it locally on your server, but don’t include our author images on your website… otherwise you’ll have a bunch of broken image links to fix someday soon.
Authors: It’s not that we don’t want to provide an additional free service that benefits you, but rather we don’t want tens of thousands of websites dependant on us to host their image files. It’s irresponsible for webmasters to expect us to host their author photo images, especially since it’s not even a smart move (3rd party image calls extends load times for their visitors) and that it’s always better for a webmaster to host the images local to their webserver.