Photobucket "fix" for Chrome and Chrome-based browsers (and now, Firefox!)
The issue where photobucket has "blocked" access to photos posted on third-party websites unless you pay $400/year may be resolved through the use of an extension. It's called "Photobucket Hotlink Fix."
I do not know how long this will work, but I have been using it for the last month. Check it out for yourself.
Also, ~original placed after the .jpg at the end of a Photobucket link will make the photo be visible.
So, if the link was s52.photobucket/username/MyPic.jpg, you can change that to s52.photobucket/username/MyPic.jpg~original and everyone will be able to see the image.
Thank you very much for posting this info. I've tried the ~original approach and that worked perfectly but i was wondering if you can give any more details about the chrome download link method please? What should i expect to happen when i download the fix?
Any further info you could give would be very helpful.