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Google has worked closely with us to address many issues raised by Getty Images around Google Images, the image search functionality of Google. Moving forward, Google has agreed to make changes in Image Search, including making the copyright disclaimer more prominent and removing the view image button. This is a benefit to all image owners globally and we expect this to have a positive impact on traffic to our site.
Is there any quote from Google saying the button is gone, period from every image search? Are people gullible enough to believe that this news snippet actually means wide spread remove of the view image button in entirely? Getty has the loud voice (bad PR scare) and they are the ones getting the deal from Google. This is for them, not for everyone correct? I hope I'm wrong but I just don't see the clear admittance of wrongdoing as some Google does..Afterall, what's next? The blocking of copyrighted works on YouTube? Image rights are different that video rights or so it seems. If people can show the increase in revenue with the button's removal, can't they pursue some type of damages?
Since this morning, I no longer see the "View Image" button (from Europe). Also, the size and mention that the image might be copyrighted is showing right under the picture now. This is for all sites, not only Getty.
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.
[edited by: MrSavage at 4:00 am (utc) on Feb 16, 2018]
Surely to goodness this loophole cannot be part of the rollout. Surely they can't be so stupid as to say all this goodness, remove the view image button but allow a right click > view image to get the full sized imageThere's no "loophole." Right-click is a browser function. Webpages that interfere with user's rights has always brought the wrath of the internet.
[edited by: MrSavage at 4:07 am (utc) on Feb 16, 2018]
I wouldn't get too excited about this. It looks like all you have to do is mouse over the image and right click on view image. Bingo, full image, no visit to the owners site.
The hotlinking is totally unacceptable and nothing more or less than theft. I still can't believe that a company like Google is doing this! It's like using someone else's fuel to drive your own car or using your neighbour's electricity without paying.
The only correct and acceptable solution is a thumbnail hosted by Google, just like it used to be years ago.
These appear to be the generation that believes "if it's on the Internet, it's all for free."
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