If you’re a frequent user of Google’s Image search, then you probably noticed that the company recently removed the ‘View Image” button from search results.
Google Has Removed View Image Button
For as long as I can remember, image search on Google had a “View Image” button that opened up the image in a new tab and allowed users to download the image without having to visit the site that hosted it. That’s no longer going to be possible because as part of its recent settlement with Getty Images,Google Has Removed View Image Button From Image Search. Google has removed the View Image button from image search.The button would allow you to look at a full-size version of a photo without having to visit the page where it’s published. For instance, you might be able to look at the big picture of a laptop I posted above without ever seeing this post that it’s attached to. It was useful if you wanted to snag a picture to use for something like your desktop background or the top of a Facebook event, but it also caused a good deal of copyright infringement, leading Google to remove the option thanks to a new deal it made with Getty Images.
Google and Getty Images reached an agreement earlier this month with Google now obtaining a multi-year license to use Getty’s photos in its products and it has also agreed to make some changes to its image search and this is the result of that agreement.
The company has confirmed in a tweet that it has removed the View Image button. The Visit button remains which means that users will now have to visit the website where the image is hosted and locate it on the webpage before they can download it.
Google says that this has been done to “strike a balance between serving user needs and publisher concerns, both stakeholders we value.” It has also removed the Search by Image button while reverse image search still works by dropping an image in the search bar of Google Images.