Embed content into Storyline (iFrame)

Mar 06, 2014

Getty Images recently made much of its huge stock of photos available to embed without having to license. You get an embed code like this:

<iframe src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/1860498?et=Djufshsy0UqPTnCodDOiJQ&sig=riOK3OSaLL7NntMYKQvrwiFd9p6AGpe4R719KgdExa4=" width="594" height="455" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>

When I try to use the Web Object feature in Storyline it doesn't work. Suggestions for how I can embed this code into my course?



9 Replies
Alexandros Anoyatis

Michael is right on the money but.........Whoa! I wouldn't go as far as "without having to license"... They are still licensed and copyrighted. And not allowed for any sort of commercial use.

My point is, I would be a little wary to use those embeds unless
a) I was absolutely certain my project is classified as non-commercial/non-profit and
b) I wouldn't mind analytics regarding my project being transmitted back to Getty to use as they see fit.

Imagine the mess if Getty somehow determined your project to be "commercial" or "for profit" while you were using their own embed code...

Just my 2 cents,

Simon Perkins

I've been speaking with Getty about this since yesterday.  See their Terms of Use.

This is the most pertinent paragraph:

Embedded Viewer

Where enabled, you may embed Getty Images Content on a website, blog or social media platform using the embedded viewer (the “Embedded Viewer”). Not all Getty Images Content will be available for embedded use, and availability may change without notice. Getty Images reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove Getty Images Content from the Embedded Viewer. Upon request, you agree to take prompt action to stop using the Embedded Viewer and/or Getty Images Content. You may only use embedded Getty Images Content for editorial purposes (meaning relating to events that are newsworthy or of public interest). Embedded Getty Images Content may not be used: (a) for any commercial purpose (for example, in advertising, promotions or merchandising) or to suggest endorsement or sponsorship; (b) in violation of any stated restriction; (c) in a defamatory, pornographic or otherwise unlawful manner; or (d) outside of the context of the Embedded Viewer.

Getty Images (or third parties acting on its behalf) may collect data related to use of the Embedded Viewer and embedded Getty Images Content, and reserves the right to place advertisements in the Embedded Viewer or otherwise monetise its use without any compensation to you.

Commercial use is out of the window (as expected), although IMO a lot of people got sucked in by yesterday's hype.

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi All,

Steven, kudos to your organization and the work they do. If I were Getty, I'd be all for helping you out.

Alex, tx very much for alerting users to the copyright restrictions on the Getty images. Media have made it sound like we can all use all of it whenever we want. That may not be their intent, but at first blush, that's how it reads/sounds. So many people misunderstand intellectual property and fair use....it's ALWAYS good to have a reminder.

Simon, tx for sharing your findings here. Hopefully this page will clarify for anyone who's uncertain about what Getty's latest announcement really means.

Do I sound like someone who used to do a workshop on copyright and fair use?

Marcia Franklin

Hi Steven,

I'm interested to know - how did you make out with this in the end? I'm considering doing something similar for my organization. We're a non-profit community-based learning network and I'm creating some freely accessible courseware for our learners that will published to the web. I'm interested in using some embedded images from Getty if possible.


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