Warning - Getty Images fining users
Some of you work with web images, some from Getty Images. You'll need to be careful, as Getty Images is starting to crack down on unauthorized usage of their pictures and will fine those responsible about $2000 to $3000 per picture.
News and discussion from SitePoint about the matter.
It doesn't matter if your website is big or small, commercial or noncommercial. If you have a website that hosts images made with Getty Images pictures (such as a signature or an avatar), you may be held responsible for paying the fine, even if you didn't upload the picture yourself.
In the meantime, take advantage of other image sources such as Sxh.Hu or Creative Commons searches. Be careful though: if the image's photographer uploaded his pictures into multiple archives, and one of them happens to be Getty Images, you may be fined for that image even though you got it from a different source.
Please pass this on to other relevant people and communities. This would impact a lot of LJ and JF people, as well as people who make their own website designs or maintain fan sites and rely on Getty Images for source material.
Can you pass this on to any forums websites that you have or may visit.
Due to this, I'm going to have to shut down my pic gallery. I apologize for this, but it's too risky. So someone can unpin this.