Getty has been fighting a losing battle for years regarding its digital property, due to the proliferation of 'right-click' distribution of its photos through the Internet. This step is being compared to YouTube's sharing model, and while on the surface appears to be a complete surrender to the marketplace others are quick to note that the company undoubtedly has plans to monetize the action; how this will affect photographers and smaller 'pay-for' distributors remains to be seen.
Getty Images allows free embed of 35 million photos. Yes! Tho compare w/ @creativecommons licenses http://t.co/1TWNv2zwWr by:@tvo #edchat
— Sara Frank Bristow (@SalientResearch) March 8, 2014
While many are lauding these policy changes, a few are quick to point out the limitations of going through Getty. You cannot change the size of the images, for example (making the comparison to YouTube a bit misleading), and Getty reserves the right to pull the feature at any time, somewhat keeping bloggers at the mercy of the company.
Others consider Creative Commons a much better choice, however those licenses are often convoluted from image to image, and usually do not include timely captures of the news-of-the-day; these pitfalls do not exist using Getty, thus making it a tempting - albeit risky - possibility.
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