You Can No Longer Download Images on Google
After Getty Images filed a complaint in 2016 against Google for promoting piracy by letting people download images directly, the two came to a settlement in which Google ended up removing their “View Image” feature that would let you see and save the picture you wanted. Instead, you would have to use the “Visit” button to go to the website and see the image in context.
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 users can see images in the context of the webpages they’re on. pic.twitter.com/n76KUj4ioD
The General Counsel, Yoko Miyashita, of Getty Images had this to say, “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” option is also going to be removed soon as revealed by Google. This new change has brought a lot of criticism from users online. People are lamenting about the fact that they require a fast and direct way to save images. They are also wondering if this will even work to reduce piracy since people can still find ways to download pictures without crediting the owner.