Don’t bet on Getty: the downside of “free” stock photos

Getty Image embedYesterday, Getty Images announced that it would be making 35 million of its more than 90 million images available as free website embeds.

Don’t do it.

The program looks attractive. Getty is the world’s largest commercial image archive, and the lure of free access to such a rich treasure trove of eye candy for your web site is hard to resist. Here are four reasons why I’m not going to take the bait.

So I’m just saying no to “free” Getty embeds. Instead I’ll continue to use Creative Commons licensed images from Flickr and Wikimedia Commons for my blog. Finding the “right” image is sometimes challenging, but always oddly enjoyable. Join me—don’t take the Getty sucker bet.