Google was also quick to say that, despite the clear inconvenience for users, the other popular Image feature - reverse image search - has remained.
Google and Getty Images reached an agreement earlier this month with Google now obtaining a multi-year license to use Getty's photos in its products and it has also agreed to make some changes to its image search and this is the result of that agreement.
In case you missed why the View Image button and link were removed, you can read about it in a previous article here at Techaeris but the TL;DR is that Google and Getty Images came to a licensing agreement which saw the removal as part of that agreement, as confirmed by Google in a tweet. This will include removing the View Image button.
View Image is a new browser extension for Firefox and Chrome that adds the button to Google Images again. Back in 2016, the company sued Google for allowing its search engine users for accessing images and downloading high-res versions without ever visiting the original source.
It is of course possible to display the images while keeping in mind that in this way, copyright holders may not see valuable cents.
"RIP Google Images, 1998-2018, Cause of Death: Greed". As the name suggests, this tool searches the internet for instances of a particular image. With this button gone, however, users must now visit the publisher's site to download and steal an image.
"This will make it harder for people to view an image in full resolution and possibly force them to enter the Web site hosting the image, which may be hosting deceptive ads, malware and make the process of getting an image a lot less efficient", wrote Samuel Blower, who launched the Change.org petition.
When searching for images online, Google offered a very useful option in the form of a "View Image" button for each result.
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