Getty pictures go non-commercial but there is a downside

Although I welcome Getty opening up there picture archive for us bloggers to use. However there are concerns or downsides…

  • This isn’t creative commons licensed, Attribution-Noncommercial NoDerivitives would have been good enough but Getty wanted to add additional conditions.
  • All the images are available via an IFRAME tag. And I thought Flickr’s embed was bad!
  • Reading the terms of conditions… They reserve the right to do what they like within that IFrame including as you imagine, advertising…

Be-careful out there people…

Following on… Juliapowles on Twitter mentioned this to me. As Dr. Adam D. Kline says later, the first comment says it all. And it really does sum it all up…

As someone who has grown old and weary fighting Getty’s ‘licence first and clear the rights later, if at all’ business model on behalf of impecunious photographers it is difficult to view this development with unalloyed enthusiasm

Author: Ianforrester

Senior firestarter at BBC R&D, emergent technology expert and serial social geek event organiser.

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