Are Getty Images Free to Embed for Commercial Use?

Getty Images recently introduced embed links for a majority of their collection (see example above). Now bloggers can post images on their websites using Getty’s embed feature. However, before you go embed crazy, you might want to check out their Terms of Use.

In essence, Getty’s embed feature is for editorial purposes, and not for commercial purposes, including advertising, promotions, or merchandising. So if you keep a blog for your business and you promote products and services, you might want to think twice before using the embed feature.

Also, embedding isn’t the same as copying the image from their website and loading it on your server. You’ll need a paid license to do that.

From Getty’s Terms of Use Page:

Embedded Viewer

Where enabled, you may embed Getty Images Content on a website, blog or social media platform using the embedded viewer (the “Embedded Viewer”). Not all Getty Images Content will be available for embedded use, and availability may change without notice. Getty Images reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove Getty Images Content from the Embedded Viewer. Upon request, you agree to take prompt action to stop using the Embedded Viewer and/or Getty Images Content. 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.

Getty Images (or third parties acting on its behalf) may collect data related to use of the Embedded Viewer and embedded Getty Images Content, and reserves the right to place advertisements in the Embedded Viewer or otherwise monetize its use without any compensation to you.

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