March 6, 2014

Getty Free Embeddable Images — Photographer Credit Easily Cropped Out

Getty Images recently made the announcement that they would allow the free use of 35 million of their images for non-commercial use. This includes free use by publications as large as the New York Times and Buzzfeed, so long as the images are used in an editorial manner.

While the reality of “giving away” images for free is alarming enough to many photographers, Getty’s implementation of embeddable images is somewhat worrying as well. Since Getty uses an iframe to deliver its content, it’s actually quite easy to simple “crop out” the photo credit and social sharing links Getty has provided by making a very minor changing the embed code.


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