The Getty Images scheme to make 35 million of their images free-to-embed has been more controversial than I’d have ever guessed it would be.
I’ve written a little bit on my personal blog about Getty’s change in the way they handle image sharing, and the reaction:
I embraced it because to me, it’s a pretty good thing when a corporation or organisation works out a way to navigate through the cultural sense of entitlement users of the contemporary web have, without resorting to fear tactics, litigation, or DRM that breaks the content that we’re trying to use…
…All of those methods are corporate ways of dealing with a cultural problem, and they don’t really help anyone. And all the while, the social internet has been moving further and further into the wild west of sharing stuff with abandon, and without attribution.
I lied, of course. I didn’t write a little bit. I actually wrote a lot. But it may be helpful, so I hope you read it.