Thinglink Acceptable Use Policy

Last updated 25 May 2018

ThingLink’s Acceptable Use Policy (the "AUP") sets out the acceptable and non-acceptable uses of our ThingLink service. It forms part of our Terms of Use and terms defined in the Terms of Use have the same definition in this AUP. This is binding document, and by accepting the Terms of Use you also accept this AUP. Please thus review these rules carefully and ensure that your use of the ThingLink service complies with the rules set out in this AUP. We reserve the right to change this AUP at our sole discretion, and will notify you of any changes by posting the new version on the Website.

This AUP is structured as follows. Section I contains general rules applicable to all users. Section II contains rules applicable to users of the specific types of ThingLink service accounts. Finally, Section III contains rules for the use of third party content from ThingLink partners.

I. General rules for the use of the ThingLink service
  • You must not annotate and/or display (i) any material protected by copyright or other intellectual property rights without the prior approval of the respective rights holder, nor (ii) any illegal, offensive, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene or otherwise objectionable material, nor (iii) any material that may not be appropriate for all audiences (including pornography and other adult content).
  • You must not use the ThingLink service for any illegal, fraudulent or unauthorized purpose. You agree to comply with all local laws regarding online conduct and acceptable content.
  • You must not copy any elements of the ThingLink service, including the code and the design, or our name, trademark, logo or other prorietary information, without our prior written consent.
  • You must not attempt to circumvent or breach any security or any authentication measures put in place by ThingLink.
  • You must not create or submit unwanted tags to any images.
  • You must not transmit any worms or viruses, any code of a destructive nature or otherwise interfere with the operation of the Thinglink service.
  • You must not provide us or any other users of the ThingLink service any false or misleading information.
  • You must not attempt to replicate or circumvent any of the functionality of the ThingLink service with any unauthorized solutions created by you or by a third party.
  • You must not collect from any third parties personal data or personally identifiable information in violation of any data protection and/or privacy laws
  • You must not encourage or solicit any third party to do any acts prohibited by the Terms of Use or this AUP.
II. Rules specific to different types of ThingLink accounts

You agree to comply with the following account-specific rules, the applicable rules depending on the account type you have.

ThingLink Standard
  • You must not use the ThingLink service for commercial purposes, including, but not limited to publishing images on commercial websites.
  • You must not use the ThingLink service for advertising third party products or services in consideration of payment or other benefit in any form without a separate prior written consent from ThingLink.
  • You must not use any third party tools to track the use of your material submitted to the ThingLink service without ThingLink’s prior written approval
ThingLink Free Business and Premium Business
  • You must not use the ThingLink service for advertising third party products or services in consideration of payment or other benefit in any form without a separate prior written consent from ThingLink.
  • You must not use the ThingLink service on multiple properties
  • You must not use any third party tools to track the use of your material submitted to the ThingLink service without ThingLink’s prior written approval
ThingLink Corporate
  • You must not use any third party tools to track the use of your material submitted to the ThingLink service without ThingLink’s prior written approval
III. Rules specific to third party content

Getty Images. The following restrictions apply to the use of content for which Getty Images International, its group companies, or its other licensors are the rightholders (referred to as "Getty Content");

  • You may only use Getty Content in a non-commercial manner, and may not sell, modify, re-use, re-sell, distribute, display, reproduce, or make any other use of Getty Content without a prior written authorization from us.
  • You may not take any action that would enable the file-sharing of Getty Content
  • You may not use Getty Content in logos, trademarks, services marks, or any other branding or identifiers
  • You may not take any measures to circumvent any features that disable your operating system’s standard right-click feature on Getty Content
  • You may not download any Getty Content on a stand-alone basis

We reserve the right to remove any Getty Content from our service without notice if we, in our sole discretion, believe that the use of Getty Content breaches i) these rules, ii) the Terms of Use, or ii) otherwise infringes on third party rights.


We reserve all rights to take appropriate action in case of a breach of these rules, including, but not limited to, removing the offending content, or either suspending or terminating the account of the person in breach. We need to do that because we want to make sure that all of our users can enjoy the service, and not get harmed by the actions of the few who might not have others best interests at heart.