Are Getty images really free
1. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.
You knew this, of course. Though many of the articles floating around say Getty has released millions of images for free use, that’s not exactly accurate. What Getty has done is make a portion of their stock library available to embed, at low resolution, on blogs for non-commercial use. (For commercial use, you still have to pay.) Along with that embedding comes tracking that allows Getty to mine information for their own purposes. In the future they plan to attach ads to the images, which your visitors will see before they see the image. And, of course, the image comes with a banner advertising Getty right from the get-go. So basically, by embedding the image you’re agreeing to place free advertising on your blog. Getty will be compensated, but you will not.
2. The image may disappear.
Getty reserves the right to change terms and conditions without notice. The program may end at any time. There goes your “free” image: You’re left with a big hole in your page. And whatever you do, don’t right click on that image to save it! That’s a violation of Getty’s terms and conditions, and may result in a large bill from Getty…or a lawsuit.
3. Photographers are not being compensated.
Thousands of freelance photographers who depend on licensing their images in order to pay the rent and feed their families are now having their images given away “free” with no monetary compensation from Getty. This has many photographers, illustrators and videographers pretty concerned about their future earnings.
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