Safety of using comp images for site promotion. Seeking advice.

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Renkall, May 8, 2012.

  1. Renkall

    Renkall Newbie

    May 8, 2012
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    I am in the middle of launching a web-site that's like an online magazine, with high quality content. I need a lot of images for my posts without breaking the bank on royalty free downloads, and something I've been using are the comp images from This site has a lot of bigger stock photos that cost hundreds of dollars, but you can freely download their low resolution images.

    What I do to these images is I flip them in photoshop horizontally, alter the contrast and color tones a little, and sometimes crop slightly to change dimensions. I also change the description of the image. With all of these practices, I feel like it would be hard for the images to be discovered by the site owners using an image searching tool.

    The following is the legal agreement for using comp images. It seems pretty clear using them on a blog is against the rules. My question is given how I alter the images, how safe is what I'm doing? Does everyone do this, and there's usually no problems--or am I in dangerous waters?

    Is there a safer alternative, or some other way to use them without worrying about getting sued by the company 2 years down the road?

    Conditioned on your compliance with this Agreement, Corbis grants you a limited license to download Content consisting of images solely for evaluating whether you wish to purchase a license to the image according to Corbis Content License Agreement applicable to your use (?Comps?). If you are not a registered user, your Comp license covers only visibly watermarked Content, and does not entitle you to download Content which does not contain a visible watermark. You may use Comps solely for your internal evaluation and for no longer than sixty (60) days from the date of download solely to determine whether you intend to obtain a non-Comp license for the Content. You may not use a Comp image in any final materials distributed within your company or any materials distributed outside of your company or to the public or in any online or other electronic distribution system. Except for this limited, internal testing and sample use, Corbis grants you no other rights, and you may not copy, distribute, publish, display, sublicense, make available, or otherwise use in any way the comp outside the scope of this Agreement. To access images without a visible watermark, you must register for a Corbis account.
    Corbis may immediately terminate any licenses granted to you without notice if you fail to comply with any provision of this agreement or with the Corbis Content License Agreement applicable to your use. If a license is terminated, you agree to immediately (i) stop using this Site and the Content and (ii) delete all Content and all copies from all magnetic media and destroy all other copies, or, at Corbis? request, return all such copies to Corbis.