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What types of media are available via Connect? Can I access video and music clips via Getty Images Connect?
How many new images are added each week?
How long does it take for new content to become available via the API?
What are collections and how do I filter my request to just one collection?
What are EditorialSegments? News, sport, etc.
What is RM and RF?
What is the difference between the ImageFamilies editorial and creative?
Why should I specify an ImageFamily in my search?
What are the different product offerings? What is a subscription? What does product offering mean?
What does Call for Image (CI) mean? How do I know if an image is CI?

 

What types of media are available via Connect? Can I access video and music clips via Getty Images Connect?

At this time, Connect provides search and download access to the breadth of Getty Images still imagery (photography) and footage (video). We are looking forward to providing access to our music collection in the future! Stay tuned to the forums for information as it becomes available.

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How many new images are added each week?

Between 50,000 and 80,000 new images are added to our catalog each week with the majority of them being editorial images. Some weeks may see over 100,000 images added, typically when big news, sport or entertainment events are taking place (Olympics, Academy Awards, etc.).

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How long does it take for new content to become available via the API?

You get it at the same time that it’s added to our sites.

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What are collections and how do I filter my request to just one collection?

Collections are branded groups of images. Examples you may have heard of include National Geographic, Flickr and Sports Illustrated. Some collections may come from third parties and some are wholly-owned by Getty Images.

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What are EditorialSegments? News, sport, etc.

These are the categories of editorial images available from Getty Images – news, sports, entertainment, publicity, royalty and archival. Each describes the general subject of the image.

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What is RM and RF?

RM, or rights-managed, and RF, or royalty-free, are types of image licenses. RM images are licensed for a single use, where-as RF images come with a unlimited-use license.

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What is the difference between the ImageFamilies editorial and creative?

Editorial images represent newsworthy events or illustrate matters of general interest, such as news, sport and entertainment and are generally intended for editorial use, not commercial use. Creative images are stock photos that are trend-researched, art-directed and shot by professional photographers and may be available for commercial use.

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Why should I specify an ImageFamily in my search?

Because our search engine looks at different portions of metadata for editorial and creative images, a search that combines both will lead to unexpected results. To avoid this, specify creative or editorial for ImageFamily. This will limit your results to the images from the family for which you have requested.

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What are the different product offerings? What is a subscription? What does product offering mean?

A product offering is one of several different types of license agreements you may have with Getty Images. These agreements define the terms of your license such as cost, content, duration, region, etc. If you have multiple license agreements, you can filter your results by one or more of these. Check with your business manager to learn how this applies to your business. The product offerings are:

  • Editorial Subscription
  • Premium Access
  • Easy Access Download

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What does Call for Image (CI) mean? How do I know if an image is CI?

A small number of images are not available for licensing via API or online, usually due to certain kinds of restrictions. Instead, one must call a Getty Images office to purchase a license. To identify Call for Image assets in a set of search results, your application code can check the AuthorizationConstraints property of the SearchForImages response body (which will usually be empty).

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