Getty claims that the new Bing Widget provided by Microsoft causes unlimited and uncontrolled copyright infringement. The Bing Widget tool for the online publishers, released by Microsoft at the end of August 2014 allows online publishers embedding Bing-supplied digital images. Thus the publishers do not have to license images and video to illustrate their content anymore, directly embedding imagery found by Bing into their web sites.

Obviously, Bing search engine can not check the licenses of the images it finds online and the stream Bing Widget delivers is a mix of licensed and free content. It is yet another attempt to deliver free online digital content while stealing from the copyright owners, now by Microsoft.

Reference: “Getty Images Inc v. Microsoft Corp, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, No. 14-7114”.

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