35 million ‘sort of’ free images from Getty Images

Finding the right image to include in your website just became a lot easier and without the fear of infringing copyright. Getty Images, the world’s largest photographic agency has made 35 million of its images free to use (with caveats). Users will be allowed to embed images onto their site for free.

2014-03-12_163016The catch for users is that Getty Images may collect data from your website on which images are popular and push adverts to it through the viewer. The Getty Images terms of use state:

Embedded Viewer
Where enabled, you may embed Getty Images Content on a website, blog or social media platform using the embedded viewer (the “Embedded Viewer”). Not all Getty Images Content will be available for embedded use, and availability may change without notice. Getty Images reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove Getty Images Content from the Embedded Viewer. Upon request, you agree to take prompt action to stop using the Embedded Viewer and/or Getty Images Content. You may only use embedded Getty Images Content for editorial purposes (meaning relating to events that are newsworthy or of public interest). Embedded Getty Images Content may not be used: (a) for any commercial purpose (for example, in advertising, promotions or merchandising) or to suggest endorsement or sponsorship; (b) in violation of any stated restriction; (c) in a defamatory, pornographic or otherwise unlawful manner; or (d) outside of the context of the Embedded Viewer.

“Getty Images (or third parties acting on its behalf) may collect data related to use of the Embedded Viewer and embedded Getty Images Content, and reserves the right to place advertisements in the Embedded Viewer or otherwise monetise its use without any compensation to you.”

Anyway, here’s a cute rubber duck picture from Getty as an example.

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