Stream: Getty's way of sharing free photos so you won't have to keep stealing them

The app will allow freer access to its large catalog to a wider userbase, while possibly making photographers irate
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Getty's catalogue of images has long been a mainstay of both the print and Web worlds. As a sign it's catching up to the times, Getty Images has released an iOS app called Stream, that is all about letting you look at some of the best images Getty has on its books.

The curated photos are extensive, with Getty opening the door for users to browse millions of photos. Getty is also encouraging users to embed and share these photos via social media, blogs and email.

 

Fair use and no copyright abuse

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Be careful, though, and make sure that you're not downloading the wrong app. Getty Images, if you look through the app store, has a whole bunch of iOS and iPad apps but those are evidently targetted at more professional users.

The Stream app is a bit more user-friendly, more as a way for people to casually peruse photos the way people now just randomly browse through Instagram photos and, once upon a time, Flickr. While the professional Getty Images app has features light lightboxes and uses more photographer-centric terminology, the Stream app is a lot more geared towards the casual user who might just want to be looking for corgi pictures.

You can choose to save your favourite photos in collections, search for specific kinds of photos and even get email updates from Getty about when photos are added. 

With the embed feature, bloggers and the like can now safely use photos from Getty without worrying about violating copyright or having to stick to boring, ugly free stock images. 

The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store and sorry, Android users, you're out of luck this time.

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[Source: Businessweek]