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Photography company Getty Images is accusing Google of scraping images from third party websites and encouraging piracy, adding a new wrinkle to the Mountain View, Calif.’s ongoing legal battles in Europe. Getty Images Files E.U. Complaint Against Google for Enabling Image Piracy [time.com]
In a statement released to TIME ahead of the filing, Getty argues that since image consumption is immediate, “there is little impetus to view the image on the original source site” once it’s seen in high resolution on Google. By making these images available to download, Google has “also promoted piracy, resulting in widespread copyright infringement, turning users into accidental pirates,” Getty claims.
...scraping images from third party websites
“We want [Google] to go back to search functioning as search,” she tells TIME, “and not search functioning as a substitute of publishers.”
The photo library's beef with Google is that in 2013 it changed its image search service so that it instead of displaying thumbnail images users were instead offered “high res large-format content.”
There are multiple such venues where users upload images and then supply inline links on other websites.
Pinterest just provides the service.
Google is much worse than Pinterest. Google is also stealing bandwidth by hotlinking our full size images and embedding them in Google Image Search.