Don't Mess with Getty Images

Anyone who has spent time in the world of journalism, marketing or advertising, has probably come across a "Getty Image."

Basically, Getty is a producer and provider of all kinds of images, including video, text and multimedia. If it is a "Getty Image," that means they own the rights to the photo. And if you use the photo without providing monetary compensation to Getty, you usually will have to pay a big penalty. Just ask Bing.

"It didn't take long for Bing's new Image Widget to come under fire for alleged copyright infringement. The feature, which enables online publishers to display photos pulled in by the Bing search engine, rolled out Aug. 22. Today, Getty Images filed suit in a New York federal court claiming that it's a 'massive infringement' of copyright," reported Martin Beck.

If you use an image, make sure it's not a Getty Image or if it is, make sure you paid for it.

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