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msg:3515308
 3:53 pm on Nov 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

Stock photography company Corbis is offering Internet bloggers access to some of its images for their posts for free in exchange for showcasing advertising embedded into the photos.

The photos will either include an ad overlay on part of the image, or embedded advertising that pops up when a Web user runs a cursor over the picture.

"We work with a partner so that those pictures are tracked, and if they're being used illegally, we can figure that out," Shenk said. "But as long as they are downloaded through this application, you're legit and you're ready to go."

Blogger Get Free Library Photos, With Ad Payload [reuters.com]

I guess, if you don't mind the ads, it could be a good solution.

If you're going to try it, let us know how you get on.

 

kapow




msg:3515429
 6:14 pm on Nov 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

"...if they're being used illegally, we can figure that out...as long as they are downloaded through this application, you're legit and you're ready to go."

Exciting claim, but I doubt it.
If I right-click and save-as, I get your image the way you coded it, and perhaps you can trace me.
But if I take a screen-shot, paste into PhotoShop and save my new image its coded from my PhotoShop not your application - so how will you trace it?

Not that I support image theft: We outsource some design work. One of our rules is 'don't use photos that cost more than x from an Image Library'. I am amazed at how often the Designer says "Its ok just modify the image a bit and you're allowed to use it without paying" :o
They get a but surprised when I explain we always pay for our damned images.

incrediBILL




msg:3515435
 6:36 pm on Nov 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

But if I take a screen-shot, paste into PhotoShop and save my new image its coded from my PhotoShop not your application - so how will you trace it?

Don't be naive because tracing those images is exactly what PicScout does. They crawl the web and locate the images for many big image banks and they send you a nice notice for $2,000 or more per license infringement and the lawyers will hound you until you cough up the money so don't think there's anything cute you can do to steal the image.

jtara




msg:3515476
 7:05 pm on Nov 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

A more subtle and creative approach would be to put product placements in the images.

For example, a shot of people sitting out on the veranda on a warm summer day.

Coke or Pepsi? Depends on who bid highest.

stef25




msg:3530204
 12:55 pm on Dec 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

Don't be naive because tracing those images is exactly what PicScout does. They crawl the web and locate the images for many big image banks and they send you a nice notice for $2,000 or more per license infringement and the lawyers will hound you until you cough up the money so don't think there's anything cute you can do to steal the image.

how, using image recognition technology? id be surprised if their technology was that accurate

fyi - i slap the designer students here at work round the head when i find them using images they arent allowed to. im not interested in stealing photos

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