Getty Images Makes Pictures Free To Use

Getty Images just made most of their 46 million strong image library free.  Anyone can now search and click on an image and acquire it’s embed code.  The embed code automatically includes image credit attribution.


An example of the embed code:

 <iframe src="//;sig=rm94ev01ag2zBIl5lt5d2u4xytqksUAOYfR2X4z9jTA=" height="465" width="594" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>

The results of an embedded image:

Getty figured that if they can’t beat them, they might as well join them.  People were already taking the images from paying customers’ websites, so Getty figured it might as well make the images public in a way that at least allows authors to get credit for their work.  The code also makes it possible for them to embed advertising or linkbacks with the image.  It’s really a win-win for everyone.

As a blog operator, getting sued or getting a cease and desist letter for posting an unlicensed image has always been a concern of mine.  I’m sure I’ll be using these images from Getty in the future to avoid potential legal problems.