Will there ever be another search engine as good as Google Search or Google Image Search? You can find everything thing you need, from news about Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch to dream homes on the Costa del Sol. You might have even found this post via Google Search… But wait, where did all the images go?
Google has made a deal with Getty Images, to help reduce copyright infringement through the popular search engine.
What has changed?
The revamp of Google Images has removed the View Image button and the Search by Image feature when viewing an individual image within Google Image Search. The change was publicly announced on Googles Twitter account, saying:
Today we’re launching some changes on Google Images to help connect users and useful websites. This will include removing the View Image button. The Visit button remains, so users can see images in the context of the webpages they’re on.
Why remove the ‘View Image’ button?
Back 2016, a complaint against Google was filled to the European Union by Getty Images, claiming that the company’s image search promoted piracy. Getty Images said that having easy access to high-resolution photos through Google Images means “there is little impetus to view the image on the original source site.” It was said at the time by Getty Images’ general counsel Yoko Miyashita, “Google’s behavior is adversely affecting not only our contributors, but the lives and livelihoods of artists around the world, present and future.”
Will this effect how you use Google Image Search?
It will be interesting to see over time if this move does prevent copyright infringement on images. Remember, if it’s not your image, you need to buy it, ask for the rights to use the image or credit the owner.
Here are two websites we recommend for royalty free images where you can credit the photographer:
Other websites that we recommend for buying photos for commercial use are: