Getty Images has made many of their photographs free to use

The Getty Images website, the home of over a hundred years of photography, is now offering the ability to embed images at no cost.  The process is as simple as embedding a youtube video into a website.

Most web content producers have learned that finding images that can be used legally on a website, is not easy, or cheap. However, some don’t care and just use Google Images for whatever they need, without realizing that using those images creates a copyright violation.

This ‘no cost embed’ news from Getty Images, can help to avoid these copyright issues.

As you can see from the image below, which was embedded from the Getty site, they post a notification, and a link, to where you actually found the image.  The photographer also receives credit for the image.  A small price to pay, to avoid breaking the law or licensing the content.

This is an interesting development, and it may be one that will spread to other image providers.

You can get more information on the program here.

HT to @JamiGold for the news on this item.



  1. That’s fantastic news. I know a lot of people don’t realise about copyright violation but the subject is getting a lot more press these days. It’s also becoming an issue on Facebook (rightly so) where people knowingly reproduce the images of others without consideration or respect for their intellectual property! I’ve even seen one of my own photographs reproduced with a caption. To say I was annoyed or irritated is an understatement. I wouldn’t even have minded had I been credited for the photo!

    • Thanks Jules. This certainly seems like a big step for Getty. The whole copyright thing is a thorny issue. Plenty of people who infringe have no idea they’re doing anything wrong. It sure seems like google could do a better job of letting people know when an image is protected under copyright. I hope this works out for Getty.


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