'View Image' Button Vanished From Google Search Results

'View Image' Button Vanished From Google Search Results

Google came under fire for removing the view image option that allowed anybody to easily download any image found online, including photos they should have paid for.

Go to Google, type in your image search, find one you like, click, view image and save. "This is a benefit to all image owners globally and we expect this to have a positive impact on traffic to our site." said the iStock team at The Getty Images, in a message sent to the iStock clients.

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. Click the Add to Chrome button and select yes on the dialog box which will pop up asking you if you want to install the extension.

The button formerly functioned as a direct link to the image in question, allowing users to bypass the hosting web site itself. This will make it hard for anyone to directly save those high-quality images from the search results.

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In any case, there still is another way users can get hold of the image directly from the Google search results. Although Google didn't give any explanation on why the change was made, but this could be a move to cut down on image theft and ad revenue loss.

While it is still easy for people to download an image, people are now encouraged to trawl through the website it appears on to find it.

If you tend to take full advantage of Google's image search functionality, you may be in for a bit of bad news. Now the new button in that same place says "save" which doesn't save the image to your device. If a user clicks an image to expand it in the results, they can then right-click on the image and click the option to open the image in a new tab-where they can then save the image. The complaint follows on from Getty Images' submission in June 2015, when it joined as an interested third party in support of the European Commission's existing investigation into Google's anti-competitive business practices.

The "search by image" button that used to appear has also been removed, but a reverse image search is still possible by dragging the image in question to the search bar.

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