Greece in Getty Images

Last week, Getty Images announced that millions of its creative and high-quality images can be freely used on blogs, websites, twitter, and other social media through the image’s embed code. This is not quite the same as permission to download and use in, say, presentations and lectures but this is still a plus for anyone who creates blogs or dynamic websites and needs stock photos.

Embed from Getty Images

A search by the keyword “Greece” returns 35,882 images, “Corinth” 144 images, “Mycenae” 73, “Athens” 6121, “Naxos” 266, etc… 

Embedding the image is easy as these instructions indicate.


Some things you should know about the use of the images:

  • You cannot download them or upload them
  • You cannot resize them
  • Many of the returns on keyword searches lack embed codes. I cannot find how to filter by embed code ‘on.’

I played around with this for a few minutes and selected some samples. This is how they appear after copying the embed codes into Live Writer.

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images


Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Language about use from their terms of service:

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.

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