Last month, Getty Images announced that it will allow free noncommercial embedding of 35 million of the images in its stock photography database, in the hope that web publishers will adopt this legal, free path to use the images.
Personally I think this move isn’t surprising, considering we are already in the era where the culture of free digital consumption is getting more pervasive day after day. In fact, people have always been giving things away for free throughout history, and the advent of the Internet has only accelerated this even further. Here’s an infographic that briefly illustrates this exciting history:
But nothing is truly free, is it? In the next infographic, we’ll explore the various mechanisms and underlying systems that allow ‘free’ to work. Stay tuned! 🙂
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