Published: Mon, February 19, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Google takes away the 'view image' option

Google takes away the 'view image' option

Now to search for images is still possible, but only dragging the image into the search bar, where Google will show similar images.

As part of its agreement with Getty Images, the "view image" button has been removed.

Reverse image search allows users to drag and drop a picture directly into Google Images' search bar, and have the engine search for matching images on the web.

With users not able to directly save images, they will now be able to save them by hitting the "save" option, which acts like a bookmark and saves the image to their Google cloud service, viewable at your Google Save account.

Earlier, the users were able to download images directly from the search engine by clicking on the view image button avoiding visiting the sources' website.

Google has made it more hard for people to save pictures from its image search product, as part of a "peace deal" with photo library Getty Images. The only problem with that is, instead of just loading the image it loads the website hosting it.

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According to TheVerge, photographers have pushed Google to take a more aggressive stance towards the theft of copyrighted images.

Unfortunately, there are many legitimate uses of trying to get directly to the full-sized image, such as getting the Wikimedia Commons version, as can be seen in the image at the top of the article.

The button loads the image that is displayed directly. For example, the image Bank Getty Images it is impossible to load a photo without a subscription or without avoiding special label of the Agency.

"This is a bad idea... you find an image on Google Images only for the image to be nowhere in sight", said one user on Twitter.

In a statement, Getty Images said: "We are pleased to announce that after working cooperatively with Google over the past months, our concerns are being recognised and we have withdrawn our complaint".

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