Getty have announced embed which basically lets you embed watermark free images in your blog posts within an iframe. While it might be great for some blogs I do have a few issues with it.

How do the photographers feel about it? There are already a lot of photographers moving away from getty because of the measly 30% commission they get on their images, if getty are giving away their content in an iframe they why can’t they do it themselves and keep all the profits? Upload your images to amazon s3. Write a few html pages displaying the images in different sizes or even write a script to resize the image to a custom size (premium feature?!) add a link to your page and an ad somewhere in there too. Profit! You could even write a wordpress plugin that sets the featured image of the post to be that image that automatically credits and links to the photographer.

Eventually Getty will start monetising it themselves or worse collecting statistics on your visitors. Does embedding an iframe to another site that includes ads interfere with your other ad networks? (I honestly don’t know enough about ad networks to answer that question)

Its great that they get to have control over their content that’s already illegally used all over the place but scary when they can just take the image down and your left with nothing.

From a developers point of view that iframe I’ve included above is not responsive, I also can’t use it as a featured image for a post as it would interfere with the terms of service unless you factor credit into your featured image design. Not to mention if your site is on SSL it wont load and if the content in the iframe is ever hacked it could be problematic! Update, I’ve just read about iframe sandbox mode, support is OK but the sort of browsers you’d want this support in aren’t working.

but then again, it is rather convenient, so there is that!

If your not seeing a fish above that means the inevitable has happened and getty have changed their minds about the whole thing!