Getty makes many of its images free to embed on blogs

The stock photo company’s ‘Embed Images’ tool works a lot like embedding a YouTube video. The terms of use stipulate that commercial use is a no-no.

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Bloggers of the world, rejoice. Your long search for decent images to accompany your posts may be over, because Getty Images has made some of its images—not all, but a good many—available to post for free.

But be warned: If you run a corporate blog or do content marketing, and don’t want to pay for photo licenses, you may still have to look for photos elsewhere.

Getty unveiled its new “Embed Images” tool Wednesday, and it works a lot like embedding a YouTube video. Bloggers copy a few lines of code from Getty’s website and paste it into their posts. They’ll be able to choose from nearly 13 million images, according to a search of Getty’s available, embeddable images. The photos can also be shared on Twitter and other social media sites.

Here’s where it gets tricky for content marketers: Getty’s terms of use make it very clear that embeds can’t be used “for any commercial purpose (for example, in advertising, promotions or merchandising) or to suggest endorsement or sponsorship.”

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