I have added a picture to my answer. I did so by providing a link from my own web server and pasting the link to the image into the form ("from the web"). The software in the background silently however takes the image off my server, copies it over to imgur.com an hosts it from there - without informing me about it, and subjecting my image to the copyright and publishing rights of imgur - without my consent.
I think this is highly controversial. In my opinion one or more of the following should be happeneing:
- Linked images should not be re-hosted at a 3rd party
- There should be a notice about that when uploading an image
- there should be a notice about the distribution/copyright issues when uploading an image
Further I see an issue with linking images from 3rd-party websites to SE. I wonder how this is an issue in terms of copyright. I have myself linked pictures in answers from 3rd party sites. And I am not sure how this action is legal from my side, and how it is legal from imgur to host these images, as well how the situation for SE is.