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What is "Getty Images"?

Asked by reba (114points) March 29th, 2011

I see it almost every time I look up images in Google. It shows up as a light gray print over the images. I’m assuming it’s a trademark of some sort. I see it most often associated with old black and white photographs.
And how do they own rights to so many images?

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creative1's avatar

They also have a website at but below is a description of the company taken from wikipedia

Getty Images, Inc. is a stock photo agency, based in Seattle, Washington, USA. It is a supplier of stock images for business and consumers with an archive of 80 million still images and illustrations and more than 50,000 hours of stock film footage. It targets three markets—creative professionals (advertising and graphic design), the media (print and online publishing), and corporate (in-house design, marketing and communication departments).
Getty has distribution offices around the world and capitalizes on the Internet and CD-ROM collections for distribution. As Getty has acquired other older photo agencies and archives, it has digitized their collections, enabling online distribution. Getty Images now operates a large commercial website which allows clients to search and browse for images, purchase usage rights and download images. Costs of images vary according to the chosen resolution and type of rights associated with each image. The company also offers custom photo services for corporate clients.

BarnacleBill's avatar

In order to get an image that is not watermarked, it has to be purchased from Getty. The watermark is used to deter people from saving images to their desktop and using it without permission. Photography is the intellectual property of the photographer or owner of the image and may not be used without permission.

Other image companies, such as, also watermark images to prevent unauthorized usage.

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