Shell_Of_A_Man - 8:40 pm on Jan 29, 2013 (gmt 0)
Overview: My sites deal with millions of impressions a month and we have dropped about 25% in overall traffic since the change over. Thanks Big G.
We pay photo agencies a great deal of money a month to license their photos and have a lot of contraints on how the images we license can be used. Simply put the image you license can only be used on your site or in your network.
So I did some calling around:
I have to be honest if this is where the internet is going, I quit! I don't care how much money I loose. I'm done! Hello any other job that I can have just the tinniest bit of control over.
So seeing how I pay these agencies money every month I decided to give them a call and say "Hey, I pay to license your photos and the new Google image Search is committing copyright infringement by taking photos off my site and showing it to their users without my website being present" This is the reply I got at first, "So your calling to tell us Google changed their image search?" Ok! Ok! So I have to talk to these geniuses a little clearer I take it, so I gave them an example:
"If TMZ goes and creates a large image gallery of images that they have taken from websites across the world and just links back and doesn't pay to license those images are you ok with that?" Then the lights came on "No Way, they have to license those photos!" Well obviously, so now I was getting somewhere, or so I thought at first. "Well it's Google and that is what they do, there a search engine." Well no, not really there a billion dollar business, but hey lets not think outside our cubicle or anything.
In conclusion about half the agencies I talk to were like hey will have our lawyers look into it and the rest for example Getty Images were clueless as to what I was even talking about.
I now understand why as a web entrepreneur I should just hide in the corner and just not talk, because the people who could actually do anything in this world about this still think billboards are a viable business model for advertising and are to concerned with having their nights and weekends something I have not had since 2008. No vacations, My wife had to work on the day she gave birth not to mention our wedding day and I have forgotten what a holiday feels like cause the internet doesn't shut off. Call me crazy, but that's what it has taken for us to make it organically on the internet.
Thanks Google! Oh and Hey let's throw Bing under the bus as well, but who really cares about Bing anyway, just my opinion.
I don't think website owners feel they can do anything, even when you reach millions a month, but like I have read on here maybe a union would be the right idea or at least a committee of webmasters that can speak up. Who knows, but I think I can speak for everyone when I say "With great power comes great responsibility" and Google is abusing their power with this new change.