Saturday, 8 March 2014

Getty Images - the small print

Over the last couple of days there have been various reports concerning photograph library Getty Images, and its apparent decision to waive fees for the use of its images (see the BBC report, for example, at It is great news - except that there are lots of caveats.

The chief ones being:

1) Images cannot be used for commercial use
2) They must be embedded using Getty Images' own code (and they can introduce advertising into this at any point)
3) Images can only be used for newsworthy or public interest purposes

So potentially good news - but read the small print. Thankfully, the Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, has done just that - read her concise interpretation of the contract law surrounding this new move on her must read blog at

(With thanks to Judy Russell)


My latest genealogy books are Tracing Your Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, and Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet. My next Pharos course is Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, which commences May 14th 2014, 5 weeks, price £45.99.

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