Getty Images, one of the giants of the stock photo galleries is now offering free images to non-commercial blogs.
Let me repeat this part. Non-commercial blogs.
I read on Real Lawyers Have Blogs where they concluded that it wouldn't be farfetched for Getty to sue if the blog was used for networking to grow business.
No question that law blogs being used to grow relationships and reputations to grow business could be construed as commercial in nature.
Just like author blogs.
Our blogs, regardless whether we discuss chickens, children, or our newest releases are basically networking tools to grow relationships with our readers and SELL our books.
Over the weekend I read tweets about what a boon this new change would be for authors. But I don't think people are looking beyond the rim.
Not only would you have to give credit back to Getty, (which is perfectly fair and reasonable) but you'd also be subjected to those images being changed or deleted at Getty's discretion. There's also talk of them embedding their advertising in the image at a future date.
Getty controls the embedded art because the actual file stays on their server. You have to use a special code to upload it to your blog.
If this doesn't jade you, PCWorld has provided simple instructions on how to embed Getty's stock into your blog.
I am so paranoid about copyright and copyright infringement, I go to great lengths not to allow any art to appear before it's purchased. I don't want any trouble with the law or with the rightful owner of that copyright.
I don't plan to use Getty. Something tells me their honey pot deal isn't as sweet as they pretend.
Buyer (and Borrower) Beware.
Will you be using them?