Google just made downloading images very difficult

Getty Images had filed a complaint against Google in 2016 stating that the search engine was promoting piracy

Tech Desk February 19, 2018
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After a settlement between Getty Images and Google, the “View Image” tab has been removed from Google's image search window.

“The Visit button remains, so users can see images in the context of the web pages they're on,” the company said in a tweet.

Getty Images had filed a complaint against Google to the European Union in 2016 stating that the search engine's images feature was promoting piracy.

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"Getty Images represents over 200,000 photojournalists, content creators and artists around the world who rely on us to protect their ability to be compensated for their work," Getty Images' General Counsel Yoko Miyashita said in a statement.

"Google's behaviour is adversely affecting not only our contributors but the lives and livelihoods of artists around the world, present, and future."

The “search by image” feature will soon be removed while you will still be able to drag and drop an image in the search bar to look for the similar images.

Some frustrated users took to Twitter to express their helplessness and anger at the loss of this feature.

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While some are stating the obvious for both Google and Getty Images.


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