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Google Makes Huge Change On How To Search For Images

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by Eric Lieberman

Google is now no longer offering the “View Image” option while browsing on its popular search platform.

While ostensibly a minor move, the removal of the button is critical because it appears to represent an effort to reduce the amount of copyright infringement that occurs so casually and with presumed prevalence. Publishers have long battled with Google over a fair display of their content, as well as the monetary benefits that naturally come.

The tech giant attributes the decision, at least partially, to a recent deal it made with Getty Images, a highly prominent American stock photo company. The parties officially entered into a a global licensing partnership last week, likely marking the end to a competition law complaint levied by Getty on Google. Stipulations within the contract entail upgrading the attribution for the content found on Google’s platform, which includes ensuring copyright notices are more noticeable. The agreement also includes the aforementioned removal of the “View Image” feature, which was often used as a way to directly download images, and thus more quickly circumvent intellectual property law.

The “Search by Image” button is also being removed, according to Google.

Google did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for further details in time of publication.

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