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Getty Images sues Microsoft over embedded photos

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 07 Sep 2014 12:29 User comments (2)

Getty Images sues Microsoft over embedded photos Getty Images has sued Microsoft this week over the launch of their new "Bing Image Widget," a piece of software that the company claims leads to "massive infringement" of copyrighted images.
The Widget lets publishers create an easy to use panel on their sites or blogs that can show off images that are supplied through Microsoft's Bing image search.

Getty claims that Bing's engine does not only just take pictures from a pool of licensed digital images, but rather from the billions of images that can be searched for online, copyrighted or not.

"In effect, defendant has turned the entirety of the world's online images into little more than a vast, unlicensed 'clip art' collection for the benefit of those website publishers who implement the Bing Image Widget, all without seeking permission from the owners of copyrights in those images," the lawsuit claimed.

Getty is asking for an immediate injunction and monetary damages and appears to have a strong case.

Source:
Reuters

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2 user comments

18.9.2014 11:31

They need to end this dispute right away by claiming once and for all.............anything searchable on the web is public domain.

This nonsense suit from Getty is nothing other than ambulance chasing.

29.9.2014 15:19

Originally posted by hearme0:
They need to end this dispute right away by claiming once and for all.............anything searchable on the web is public domain.

This nonsense suit from Getty is nothing other than ambulance chasing.
I doubt it will ever work that way, but I'm sick and tired of the photo royalty extortion from companies like Getty, who are very much the equivalent of the RIAA or MPAA and need to change their outdated policies on their photographs in much the same way music and movies were changed by the internet.

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