Google makes changes to image search, removes 'view image' button

Getty and Google Reach Settlement—Say Goodbye to ‘View image’ Button Alexander Breindel

Getty and Google Reach Settlement—Say Goodbye to ‘View image’ Button Alexander Breindel

The change is seen as part of Google's partnership with stock photo provider Getty Images. If you hit up Google Images in the past day or two, you might notice a prominent feature is missing.

For users that want to stick with Google, the image previews you see are actually hot linked images, so right clicking and choosing "open image in new tab" (or whatever your equivalent browser option is) will still get you a direct image link.

Fortunately for them, the lack of the view image button will ensure access to images won't be as easy as it has been so far. It will also make copyright disclaimers stronger. However, a reverse image search can still be done, though, by dragging an image to the search bar.

The move came after Getty Images' complaint was taken seriously. Getty Images works with over 200,000 contributors and hundreds of image partners to provide comprehensive coverage of more than 130,000 news, sport and entertainment events, impactful creative imagery to communicate any commercial concept and the world's deepest digital archive of historic photography. On that deal, Google will obtain a multi-year license to use Getty's photos in its products, although they have to change some aspects of its image search platform.

Now, users have to wait for a website to load and then scroll through it to find the image.

Well, as you read above, Google has signed a peace treaty with this plethora of creators after a long litany of accusations.

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There is a workaround for most images.

The company added that the changes are "designed to strike a balance between serving user needs and publisher concerns - both stakeholders we value".

It all began in 2016, when Getty filed a lawsuit against Google in European courts, alleging that Google's decision to show hi-res images in their "image search" tool was devaluing Getty's property. The process, however, has just been made a bit more extensive in that the user will now have to visit the particular site where the image is present.

The changes will ultimately mean users are more likely to visit the sites where images they like are hosted, thereby helping drives revenues for the site through ad views and increase the overall exposure of the website.

As SVP, General Counsel, Yoko manages Getty Images' global legal team.

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