The search engine giant has come up with the step to reduce copyright breaches and to halt stealing of images indexed in the search result
Google has dropped the “view image” button from its image search results after a deal with American stock photo agency Getty was announced last week, reports The Verge.
The search engine giant has come up with the step to reduce copyright breaches and halt stealing of images indexed in the search result.
Earlier, the users were able to download images directly from the search engine by clicking on the view image button avoiding visiting the sources’ website.
The deal between Google and Getty aims to show copyright information and improve attribution of Getty photos.
According to a message from Getty sent to iStock (a photo service owned by the agency) members, “Moving forward, Google has agreed to make changes in Image Search, including making the copyright disclaimer more prominent and removing the view image button.”
Today we’re launching some changes on Google Images to help connect users and useful websites. This will include removing the View Image button. The Visit button remains, so users can see images in the context of the webpages they’re on. pic.twitter.com/n76KUj4ioD
— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) February 15, 2018
However the changes are only cosmetic. Users can still search for the high resolution images through few extra clicks, such as putting the cursor on the image and clicking the right button on the mouse to “Open image in new tab” in Chrome, and “View Image” in Firefox. Reverse still works by dragging and dropping any image from the search result page to the search field on top.