Sunday, March 9, 2014

Getty Images Makes Its Images Free--With Some Provisions

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



Getty Images announced they are making 35 million photographs available on their site available at no charge. The site is: http://www.gettyimages.com/ . This is an effort to combat piracy.  However, the photographs will have an embedded code in the photo frame which links back to the Getty website.  To review how to use the embed images go to: http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Creative/Frontdoor/embed which will provide an embed code that you need to use on your blog, website, or other media. There are restrictions as to which organizations may use the photographs and some may require a user fee.  To find the topic, person or occurrence (such as holocaust, WWII etc.)  place the term in the search box appear.

To read more about this innovative methodology  http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-26463886.  According to an article in Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek Getty Images acquired PicScout three years ago which is a technology that crawls the web and tracks the images online. That article may be read at: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-03-06/since-it-cant-sue-us-all-getty-images-embraces-embedded-photos.

Thank you to Paul Silverstone, IAJGS Treasurer and Member, Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for alerting us to the article.


Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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