Disclaimer: This post is not promoting Getty images or anything else on God's green earth.
After perusing for a while, I decided to find an image of a photographer to illustrate the feature.
As you can see, Getty provides four essentials within the embed code:
• The photo itself
• "Gettyimages" branding
• Accreditation for the photographer
• Share options
This allows them to entice a broader audience with their products, i.e. perhaps someone who reads my blog will see this image and realize they need a Getty image for commercial purposes. Additionally, there's talk that they'll include advertisements in the future—another means of generating revenue from this model.
But what's my take on this? If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Spend some time reading the terms, and you'll come across stipulations like this one:
"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."That's right. Those of us who promote books and authors in our posts can't take advantage of Getty's impressive catalog. Don't worry, though. There are still plenty of other great methods for adding visuals to your blog posts!
• Use images you've taken or have express permission to use
• Find and credit images with appropriate licensing, i.e. public domain, creative commons, etc.
• Purchase/license an image from a stock site
Question of the Week:
Where do you find your images?