In December of last year, Google added some 5,000 images that could be added to documents and presentations created through Google Drive (once known as Google Docs). These images contain no copyright information, metadata, or links back to the original photographers.
Over twolarge threads on iStockPhoto it has come to light that these images were put together from a license with Getty without informing any of the photographers. In exchange for unlimited use in one of the biggest free services on the internet — how much do you think the photographers got paid? $6 or $12.
Unsurprisingly, this has raised the ire of many Getty contributors, who have made their displeasure known. It's not just about the low payout they're getting, but the fact that they feel their work is being used without permissiong, passed on for free, and stripped of any attribution. There's even discussion of a mass resigning happening on February 2.
Re: Are your photos included in the Google Drive collection?
And this is going to keep happening with all the photo websites out there. It goes back to the discussion about plastering everything up on Flickr. In a way, it is a double edged sword: if you really want to get out there and be noticed, you have to. But, you also risk getting ripped off.