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Google partners with Getty, kills 'view image' button from search results

In addition to removing the 'view image' button, Google has also removed the 'search by image' button that appeared when people opened up an image

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In a move to curb the lifting of copyrighted images from its platform, has removed the "view image" button from its results.

"Today we're launching some changes on 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," SearchLiaison tweeted on Friday.

The change is seen as part of Google's partnering with stock photo provider

last week signed a multi-year global licensing deal with Getty Images, allowing it to use Getty's content within its various products and services.

According to a report in The Verge, will make and disclaimers more prominent in results.

Now, users have to wait for a website to load and then scroll through it to find the image.

"The change is essentially meant to frustrate users. has long been under fire from photographers and publishers who felt that allowed people to steal their pictures, and the removal of the view image button is one of many changes being made in response," the report said.

Websites sometimes disable the ability to right click, too, which would make it even harder for someone to grab a photo they're looking for.

"Fortunately, there's still at least one way around it: if you right click, you can select "open image in new tab" or "view image" (or whatever your browser's equivalent option is), and you'll still open up the full-size picture," the report added.

In addition to removing the 'view image' button, has also removed the 'search by image' button that appeared when people opened up an image.

First Published: Fri, February 16 2018. 12:12 IST