Google in an attempt to safeguard ‘licensed material’ has removed the View Image button from its image searches. They made this announcement via its official Google Search Liaison twitter account.
Earlier, the View button appeared when clicking on an image, followed by a new tab that displayed the independent image and original source. Now, it will no longer lead you to that new browser tab. The Mountain View Company didn’t give any explanation for the alteration, but it is most likely made to protect it from those who download images across the web and use it for felonious purpose. Google has long been on the hit list of photographers who felt their images were being taken without consent and circumvent copyright and trademark.
The Search by Image button is also being removed. Reverse image search *still works* through the way most people use it, from the search bar of Google Images.
— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) February 15, 2018
The case got worse when stock photography website Getty Images filed a complaint against it in Europe. The decision about the change was likely made in response to the deal with Getty Images that Google settled last week. The deal was put to improve the display of copyright information and attribution of Getty Images.
“Ultimately, Google Images is a way for people to discover information in cases where browsing images is a better experience than text. Having a single button that takes people to actionable information about the image is good for users, web publishers and copyright holders,” Google tweeted via Search Liaison account.
It’s a minute change that will help publishers save their images from being used without any accreditation or permission. However, this will have a strong impact on users since the View button gave an easy access to see the image itself without going to the original site. But while this seems to be frustrating, users can still view an image if they right click and select “open image in new tab” or “view image”.
In addition to the View button change, Google has also removed the “search by image” button that appeared when opening a photo. However, this is not as frustrating as the former’s removal, as users will be able to do a reverse image search from search bar of Google Images. Google will display related images when you right click on the image and perform Google Search.