Google has removed the 'view image' button from search

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It used to take just a couple of clicks to save awesome pictures you see on Google Images. Later Sullivan admitted that "these changes came about in part due to our settlement with Getty Images this week" and that "they are created to strike a balance between serving user needs and publisher concerns, both stakeholders we value".

Google removed the "view image" button from the search results appearing on Google Images on Thursday upon reaching a deal with Getty Images. Earlier this month, the two companies announced a new partnership that allowed Getty Images to appear in Google Images. However, the removal of View Image button not only makes it slightly harder for people to steal images but it also instills a sense of fear, especially since the user knows that he is stealing images from a particular website. What the Image Search results look like now, with the button removed.

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Thus to get the right image you need to wait for the website to load and then roll through it to find the image.

Yes, Google is removing the "view image" button which allowed users to open the picture without having to visit the website. This will affect the Wikipedia image database along with other platforms which offer free content. It won't give you the original, full-size image every time (sometimes it'll give you a scaled-down thumbnail), but it's worth a shot. "This agreement between Getty Images and Google sets the stage for a very productive, collaborative relationship between our companies", Dawn Airey, CEO of Getty Images, said in a statement. Users can use this option to upload an image and track the image source.

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Getty Images said it was a "significant milestone" but critics said the move was "a step backwards". This way, Google can ensure the site too is being publicized while the user will have to scroll through the webpage to locate the image they want to use. All you had to do was click on your favorite photo and press the "View Image" button to open the picture alone.

This is good for the website since it'll get traffic, plus Google might get to show the user ads as a bonus.

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