King of America
- Sep 15, 2014
They want you to use their embed code:
I second this. Not the greatest photos (though some of what you find on Flickr through CC Search isn't bad), but at least the licensing is clear.I've almost strictly been using search.creativecommons to find stuff. granted the photos you have access too are generally not the "coolest" but they've been working for my newb blog.
(yay my first post)
I made the mistake once many years ago of using a WP plugin that would go out and automatically grab images that you could use in posts. Next thing I know - we get a nastygram from Getty. I now stay away from anything that isn't either explicitly spelled out as free or that we haven't paid a license for. Not worth the risk.I've been using a combination of the Google image search trick, and Flickr, which has some surprisingly quality stuff with very friendly licenses.
One thing I always make sure to do before using an image is a reverse image search. If I see the image in any way connected to Getty, or a Getty subsidiary, like iStock, I won't use it.
I've considered using Getty embedded images, but their history of being vicious when it comes to legal issues, their fuzzy rules of use, and the fact that I'm having to embed their code containing God knows what on my site, has scared me off.
The quality and quantity of their image selection is so goddamn tempting, though . . .