Yesterday, Google caused a shockwave when it unexpectedly removed the View Image button in Google Image Search. Also, when the users pull an image directly from Google, they don't engage with the information surrounding the image. A user has to now visit the site where the image is originally uploaded. But if you're looking to dump Google over this change, Bing and DuckDuckGo continue to offer "View Image" buttons. Previously, it was possible to click on a given image's resolution text to be whisked away to another search which listed all occurrences of that image throughout Google, at different resolutions. Getty Images in Europe filed a complaint against Google after which both the companies ended there partnership. Reverse image search is still available from the search bar of Google Images.
Google today announced that introduced changes to Google Images with the goal "to help connect users and useful websites". The move might be Google's direct response to a handful of photographers and artists who feel that the search engine makes their work easily prone to stealing.
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Granted, the removal of the button doesn't really stop anyone from performing the same function it initially did; there are just a few more steps.
A source familiar with the matter confirmed to The Register on Tuesday that the "View image" button will indeed disappear from all of Google's photo search pages from this week onwards as a result of this resolution with Getty. You need to visit the webpage of the image for it.
The only difference we can see with this extension versus the original functionality is that instead of opening the image on the same page, it opens it in a new tab.
Searching for images relating to a particular subject or those matching an image you already had was made particularly easy by using Google's search engine.
Clicking the "Visit" button takes you directly to the webpage that the image is found on.
The above change can also be considered to be the fallout of a recent arrangement Google went for with Getty that will let the latter's photos to feature in Google Images.