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DEFINITION

A reduced version of a picture from the original image or subject, and used to make it quicker to recognize and retrieve on desktop environments. The smaller size usually is not a quality for reproducing an image, but it is intended to reduce download time while providing a good reference to the original. In 2003 a US case ruled in Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corporation that it was fair use to help web users find what they were looking for.

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