One of the challenges when facilitating multimodal activities in the language classroom is minding copyrights. The gap between doing it the easy way, i.e., doing a quick Google Image Search, versus doing an advanced search (not to mention about the different licences) at Flickr could be wide. Piracy has, consequently, become a very common thing on the web. Blogs and web pages use images without an awareness of copyrighted material.
In a BBC article published today, you can read that Getty Images has made an attempt to change this trend. Recently, Getty Images made 35 million photos free to use. With its new “embed tool” users can embed photos in their blogs while at the same time give credit to the photographer. Newspapers and agencies will still have to pay for photos. However, many photographers are unhappy with this course of events, since the removal of watermarks makes it easier to give away photos for free.
(Photo: Matis, 2012, Flickr)
BBC (March 6, 2014) “Getty makes 35 million photos free to use” [Online]. Available at: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-26463886 [Accessed: 06.03.2014]
Matis, B. J. (Jan 18, 2012) . Flickr, Creative Commons Licence [Online]. Available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/76281306@N00/6723758731/in/photolist-bfa2dF-9ozQtt-e1TmtE-a5qxdX-9S2gLq-bfRmvz-bfRp2g-bfRo2x-bjk9N6-bfRmjv-bfTgUk-bD2gGr-bna7vM-9Fb7Ss-9FeuM3-beZeq2-beU8uH-beTKgH-jdZifs-bzrcvK-beVuv2-asSfWq-beTdac-aWQhUK-bioRQp-asPBJK-asPCXn-7RCo2Y-aQ33qr-aQ33tV-aQ33dk-aQ33ka-aQ32V2-aQ33HZ-aQ32Ya-aQ334t-aQ32Nk-aQ33AT-aQ33Ra-aQ32JH-aQ32RH-aQ33gT-aQ33xg-aQ33a2-ddQKkg-beSbgv-bfrEar-dMKBGJ-bfaGJc-beXC9e-bfat4k [Accessed: 06.03.2014].