getty-embed-imagesA picture might be worth a thousand words, but if a particular photo that is copyrighted is posted up without prior consent from the owner, then there are legal implications to think of – which would certainly result in more than a thousand words, of course. Getting original, non-copyrighted photos might be a tricky thing these days, but Getty Images intends to give a leg up to the masses. After all, they happen to be the world’s largest photos service, and in what seems to be an extremely early Christmas, Getty Images has announced that they will be freeing up approximately 35 million photos from its collection that spans more than a century, allowing websites and bloggers to post them up without staring down at a lawsuit.

Even better news is, such images will lack a watermark, but there is the proverbial price to pay. Those who want to make use of these free images will need to use Getty’s Embedded Viewer tool as well as abide by the company’s Terms of Use.

Getty Images stated, “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.”

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