Google removes 'view image' button from search results


The tweet directs followers toward an article by The Verge, which notes that "Google has always been under fire from photographers and publishers who felt that image search allowed people to steal their pictures, and the removal of the view image button is one of many changes being made in response". If earlier, when you open an image in Google you can download a file at maximum quality via the "fully open", but now these services will not.

Users found out that Google has disabled the "view image" button. Now to search for images is still possible, but only dragging the image into the search bar, where Google will show similar images. It meant you could click an image in the stream, then click the button to see the image full size without having to load anything else.

This change will plug a big hole in the plagiarism issues that various photographers, publishers, and stock image sites faced as users had the provision to save the high-resolution version of an image directly, without visiting the source website.

Google says that this has been done to "strike a balance between serving user needs and publisher concerns, both stakeholders we value".

It was reported that past year, the European Commission supposedly received a complaint filed by Getty Images.

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Getty Images said in statement: "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that after working cooperatively with Google over the past months, our concerns are being recognized and we have withdrawn our complaint".

Google search users, meanwhile, may not be too thrilled to discover the changes.

For now, users can click on the image form the search results and choose the "open image in new tab" option.

Better yet, there's a free extension for the Chrome browser that brings the button back. This gives users options to look at it more closely and to download it to the local device that they use.