Bing Image Widget Now Offline After Getty Images Lawsuit

The Bing Image Widget that launched on August 22nd is now temporarily offline after Getty Images sued Microsoft over the feature. If you try to access the tool, you will be presented with a notice that the “Image Widget” has been “temporarily removed the beta.” Here is a picture: Getty Imaged filed a lawsuit against […]

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The Bing Image Widget that launched on August 22nd is now temporarily offline after Getty Images sued Microsoft over the feature.

If you try to access the tool, you will be presented with a notice that the “Image Widget” has been “temporarily removed the beta.” Here is a picture:

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Getty Imaged filed a lawsuit against Microsoft over the feature a couple weeks after it launched, citing “massive infringement.” It seems within 24-hours, Microsoft pulled the feature offline.

For those who have already implemented the embed code on their site, such as we did as a test, it still does seem to work.

A Microsoft spokesperson told Recode.net, “We have temporarily removed the Bing Image Widget beta so we can take time to talk with Getty Images and better understand its concerns.”


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Barry Schwartz
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Barry Schwartz is a technologist and a Contributing Editor to Search Engine Land and a member of the programming team for SMX events. He owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics.

In 2019, Barry was awarded the Outstanding Community Services Award from Search Engine Land, in 2018 he was awarded the US Search Awards the "US Search Personality Of The Year," you can learn more over here and in 2023 he was listed as a top 50 most influential PPCer by Marketing O'Clock.

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