One even mentioned that if a user is searching for images, he is searching for images and not looking to 'connect to a useful website.' Another one asked developers to build a Chrome extension. All you had to do was click on your favorite photo and press the "View Image" button to open the picture alone. "Having a single button that takes people to actionable information about the image is good for users, web publishers and copyright holders", he said.
Clicking the "Visit" button takes you directly to the webpage that the image is found on. In fact, the removal of the "view image" button might seem too trivial considering the ease with which images can still be accessed. It's likely the image you see on the site itself has been scaled down.
The disappearance of the "View Image" option is one way of Google saying that it is taking content providers' concerns seriously. So now it is more hard for a user to save a high-resolution and good quality image.
"For those asking, yes, these changes came about in part due to our settlement with Getty Images this week", Google said.
Google is bringing a significant change to its image search engine starting today.
In a statement, Getty Images said: "We are pleased to announce that after working cooperatively with Google over the past months, our concerns are being recognised and we have withdrawn our complaint".More news: Oxfam sex scandal: Charity to set up independent commission
The tech giant attributes the decision, at least partially, to a recent deal it made with Getty Images, a highly prominent American stock photo company.
Miyashita continues: "Getty Images believes that images have the power to move the world by spurring action and driving change". Give us your comment below to let others know, 'especially Google and Getty'.
"This is a ridiculous inconvenience", writes Jesse Levesque.
"This is just giving [Getty] everything they want at the expense of the user", adds Ariel Arjona.
Oh well, whatever placates Getty I guess. Google search users reacted negatively. "There are plenty of legitimate and legal uses for copyrighted images". Traditionally, you would be given the option to "Save image as..." when right-clicking an image, but with these new formats that option does not appear. "Congrats, you have reduced your functionality to the point where Bing is an actual competitor".