Getty Images has an notorious reputation among photographers (low pay) and is a copyright tyrant (charges for public domain images, buys popular existing images and ex-post-facto goes after folks for using ’em).
Hearing this was like a red hot spike through the eyes. A startup whose raison d’être was to upend draconian and amoral companies like Getty Images was going to now be part of Getty.
My initial thought was despite promises made, Getty will find a way to charge for Unsplash’s images, perhaps along the slippery slope of commercial usage.
Om seems to think the same:
In a couple of years, when the Unsplash founders are gone, I won’t even be surprised if Getty’s strongmen started sending legal notices to those who used the photos. New rights-related legalese is probably already being drafted.
Technically, Unsplash’s license says it is irrevocable but they have changed their terms of service before.
I’d start going through your Unsplash images and swappin’ em out with other, more friendly alternatives out there.
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