Free Embedded Getty Images for Non-commercial Use
Getty Images recently announced that they will be providing 35 million images of their 150 million image data base free to non-commercial users for embedding. This is good news for many users who previously have been using lower quality images or using Getty images illegally. It is a creative move on the part of Getty Images, who are now providing certain stipulations for the free use of their images, rather than trying to track down and sue every illegal user. However, it is important to note that the free use of these images is limited to non-commercial users.
What is Non-commercial Use?
Getty defines “commercial use” as “a message intended to sell a product, raise money or promote or endorse something.” In other words, if your company has a blog, Getty doesn’t want you using their images. That is why we at Get Smart Web couldn’t embed a Getty image into this blog post! If your website draws revenue from Google Ads, it is still ok to use the free images, according to Craig Peters, a senior Vice President at Getty Images.
How to Use Free Getty Images
So if you have a non-commercial blog and want to use a free Getty image, how do you do that?
1) First, you search through the free images Getty has here. You don’t need to create an account on Getty’s website in order to search for images and grab the embed code.
2) Click the embed icon (</>) from the search results page or image detail.
3) Copy the embed code in the embed window.
4) Paste the HTML code you copied into the source code of a website or blog where you want the image to appear
5) Voila! The Getty image is embedded on your site.