Getty makes 35 million images free, embeddable

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Photo giant Getty Images has launched a controversial new feature that allows more than 35 million images from its vast library to be freely shared via blogs and social media.

(Screencapture from Getty Images)Getty’s new feature allows more than 35 million images from its vast library to be freely shared via blogs and social media. The world’s largest photo agency unveiled its new embedded viewer feature on Wednesday. It allows for the legal, non-commercial use of millions of its news, sports, entertainment, archive and stock images — a vast array of photos that range from significant figures (from Barack Obama to Marilyn Monroe) to shots from popular annual events such as last weekend’s Oscars and other star-studded award shows.Like a similar feature on video-sharing site YouTube, Getty will now permit online sharing (for instance via services such as Twitter or Tumblr ) and embedding of its images directly into personal blogs (such as those on WordPress). The feature generates HTML coding that links back to Getty’s website and includes both a Getty logo and a credit to the original photographer.

According to Getty’s terms, the agency or a party on its behalf may one day collect data related to the use of its embedded viewer and content. It may also one day place advertisements within or use another way to make money off the service. Commercial users — including media services and advertisers — will continue to be charged for use of Getty images.

Share images on blogs and social media

The new embed feature makes it easy, legal, and free for anybody to share our images on websites, blogs, and social media platforms.

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Click an image’s embed icon(</>) from the search results or image detail page.
  2. In the embed window, copy the embed code.
  3. Paste the HTML code you copied into the source code of a website or blog where you want this image to appear.*
  4. Publish and share!

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