Is it illegal to download a watermarked image?
- I'm talking about those previews you get when browsing non-free stock images.
- Specifically asking about the act of downloading those watermarked previews.
- Not making modifications. Not distributing. Not manipulating. Not circumventing copyright.
Example of watermarked image:
I'm reading on shutterstock's legal page (their words my emphasis)
You agree not to copy, republish, frame, link to, download, transmit, modify, adapt, create derivative works based on, rent, lease, loan, sell, assign, distribute, display, perform, license, sublicense or reverse engineer the Site or any Shutterstock Content. In addition, you agree not to use any data mining, robots or similar data and/or image gathering and extraction methods in connection with the Site or Shutterstock Content. https://www.shutterstock.com/terms
I'm confused because when you are any preview that has a watermarked image your computer is still downloading it in the web cache somewhere on your hard drive. Technically the computer is downloading it whether you want it to or not.
Clarify in your answer how a computer downloading it in it's cache is any different than right clicking on the image to download if it is indeed illegal to download these preview images.