In September 2004, Getty Images filed a lawsuit again Microsoft under the copyright issue. The case has now come to a suitable conclusion with Microsoft collaborating with Getty Images. The newly formed multi-year partnership, will now enable Microsoft to use the images from Getty in its products and services such as Cortana and Bing. Guess, that will now keep Microsoft safe from getting into suits related to illegal usage of images at least.
It all started when Microsoft released its Bing Image Widget, which enabled websites to add a panel on their pages that displayed the images found by Bing. Getty, claimed that the tool could display its copyrighted images, which will be a violation of their copyright. Soon after Getty filed the legal suit, Microsoft took down its Bing Image Widget within a few days.
Interestingly, precise financial terms of the new partnership were not disclosed by both the companies, but, all seems happy between both the companies now. The official press release is a clear depiction of harmony between Microsoft and Getty Images.
The press release states,”In the coming years, the two companies’ technology teams will partner to provide real-time access to Getty Images imagery and associated metadata to enhance the Microsoft user experience. With our new partnership, Microsoft will use Getty Images’ latest API innovations and our award-winning visual content to take search experiences to a new level,” Getty Images Senior Vice President of Business Development Craig Peters said.
“Our technology teams will work together to create beautiful, engaging applications and services for Microsoft users with licensed content and attribution for photographers and other content creators.”