---- Google Image - Layout change could be VERY bad for webmasters
freejung - 8:11 pm on Jul 21, 2010 (gmt 0)
you do get webpage behind the image; you get both in a single view.
That is not the same, and they dang well know it. Nobody is going to click on ads displayed in the background behind the picture they came to get, so these are basically wasted page impressions from a financial viewpoint.
You have no way of knowing that higher-resolution versions of the image are available either. This is bad for the users and bad for my site and encourages people to violate my license terms. IANAL, but this use doesn't seem "fair" to me at all. Big thumbs down.
If they stick with this I'll have to consider either blocking it or putting in some kind of very obvious text along the lines of "close the Google popup and download directly from my site to get higher res versions!" or something like that.