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. "Talk about destroying your own successful service".
The photo agency previous year filed a competition complaint with the European Commission accusing Google of promoting piracy because its image search results included large, high-resolution images. But, overall, it is good to see Google protecting photographers and driving traffic to websites. This has also promoted piracy, resulting in widespread copyright infringement, turning users into accidental pirates. The latest move comes as a part of the partnership with Getty Images.
There is a workaround for most images. On the other hand, the Reverse Image Search option is still available. However, head over to Google Images and follow the above steps once again - you won't see the "View Image" button anymore. While this change will be welcomed by many image creators, it may prove frustrating for day-to-day users who are searching for images for legitimate purposes. A user has to now visit the site where the image is originally uploaded.
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"The Search by Image button is also being removed". Although it's easy to open the browser's code and find the raw image link, for a huge number of users, it would be rocket science. Now the new button in that same place says "save" which doesn't save the image to your device. The above is already in affect and is seen to make it harder for anyone to steal the images.
"We believe our combined strength has been instrumental and today we are pleased to announce that after working cooperatively with Google over the past months, our concerns are being recognized and we have withdrawn our complaint", Getty told iStock photographers.
Getty Images is the most trusted and esteemed source of visual content in the world, with nearly 200 million assets available through its industry-leading sites www.gettyimages.com and www.istock.com. This should have a positive impact on publishers, especially stock photography businesses that rely on the purchase of copyrighted images.