In order to curb the track record of loss faced by the Google for the copyrights of his images available easily, the stock photography website Getty Images filed a complaint against it in Europe. Both the sides reached to a settlement to remove “view image” button in image search results.
The convenient view image button allows the user to have an access of image by itself and even downloading it, without going to the source website. However, it will have a significant impact on user rather on Google. The users have to wait for the website to get download and then scroll through to get access of the image.
Google searchLiason tweeted, “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 user can see images in the context of the webpages they’re on”.
Clarifying with another tweet, he said “For those asking, yes, these changes came about in part due to our settlement with the Getty images this week. They are designed to strike a balance between serving user needs and publisher concerns, both stakeholders we value”.
However, not only these changes are made, Google has also removed the ‘search by image’ button which comes when the user wants the information by just clicking to a particular image while ‘reverse image search’ is still in use available on the search bar of Google images.
The real motive behind the move as explained by Google searchlaison says, “ultimately, Google images is a way for people to discover information in cases where browsing images is a better experience than text. Having a single button that takes people to actionable information about the image is good for users, web publishers and copyright holders”.