Google's image search receives complaints

Mindy Sparks
February 18, 2018

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but professional photographers would probably disagree.

View Image is a browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that adds a "view image" button to Google Images so that users can click on it to display the image directly in the browser.

While the "View Image" button has been eliminated on image search results, users will continue to see a "Visit" button that directs them to the actual Web sites hosting the photos or other images, Sullivan said.

On Feb. 9, Getty Images and Google announced that they had agreed to a multi-year global licensing partnership that gives Google the right to use Getty images in "various products and services". Now, to download the image in maximum resolution, you need to go to the source file.

Now, however, one must visit the owner or publisher's site and save the image from there.

We suggest that you use a different image search engine such as Startpage instead. According to Investopedia, roughly 90 percent of the company's earnings come from advertising, particularly its AdWords program. Now, users will need to consult directly with the web page - and therefore enable rightholders to generate advertising revenue (which was more hard before).

Of course, this alone isn't going to stop people or organizations from stealing images.

The button loads the image that is displayed directly. Google's latest change to remove the "View Image" button from its search engine, however, is a step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, there are many legitimate uses of trying to get directly to the full-sized image, such as getting the Wikimedia Commons version, as can be seen in the image at the top of the article. While some users prefer the old method, this will undoubtedly stop some users from stealing images and photos.

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