Microsoft removes Bing Image Widget after Getty Images files lawsuit

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Bing Image Widget goes up, Getty Images files suit, Bing Image Widget is taken down.

It looks like that’s essentially what happened after Getty Images, a widely-used firm that has a vast library of stock images, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging that Microsoft’s Bing Image Widget also included photos that are copyrighted and/or owned by Getty, PCWorld reports.

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Since then, Microsoft has decided to take down the Bing Image Widget. If you go to the page where the Bing Image Widget was originally hosted now, all you get is a blank page that reads “we have temporarily removed the beta.”

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“Rather than draw from a licensed collection of images, Defendant gathers these images by crawling as much of the Internet as it can, copying and indexing every image it finds, without regard to the copyright status of the images and without permission from copyright owners like Plaintiff,” Getty Images’ legal complaint says.

In the interim, the report states that Microsoft is working with Getty Images to resolve issues involving the Bing Image Widget. It will be interesting to see if and when the Bing Image Widget makes a return.