Getty Images sues Microsoft over new Bing tool for embedding photos

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Thousands of people running small blogs and websites over the years have received threatening letters from Getty Images for using its professional photos without a license, but now the photo service is going after something a little bigger: Microsoft. Getty Images filed a lawsuit this week against Microsoft, claiming that its new Bing “Image Widget” tool constitutes “massive infringement” of copyrighted images. The company has asked a US District Court judge to shut down the widget and award unspecified damages, according to Reuters.

Bing “Image Widget” launched just a couple of weeks ago in beta form. It lets users embed an active slideshow or grid of image search results on their sites just as easily as adding an embedded YouTube…

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