Have you been wondering why has the ‘View Image’ option disappeared from Google Image Search? Well, Google just partnered with Getty Images and in a bid to make the entire search-engine platform more respectful towards copyrights, Google has killed the ‘View Image’ and ‘Search by Image’ options.

Google Search has literally put the entire world’s information under our fingertips. A few keystrokes to jot down relevant (or irrelevant) words, hit the enter button and ka-boom! You get it all. But nothing is perfect, we don’t live in an ideal world so here’s the downside of Google search – it makes circumventing of certain laws possible. Especially copyrights and trademarks. Due to copyright and trademark infringement issues, Google has always come under fire and exclusive copyrighted photography aggregator Getty had lodge a law-suit against the search-giant. However, last week, Google and Getty Images reached a settlement where Google agreed to make some changes in its image search engine.

The changes are – killing ‘View Image’ button from all image search results on Google. The removal of a tiny-little button will make huge impact on Google users because the feature allowed users to view images without having to visit the entire source website. The feature also allowed users to directly save high-quality images from search results. But one man’s convenience is other man’s concern. The direct View Image option has always been a matter of concern for photographers, publishers, and stock image websites as it allowed anyone to freely get access to high-resolution version of the image without visiting the source site. So with retention of the ‘View Image’ button, chances of people visiting the image source website increases and the chances of them freely accessing high-quality copyright content reduces.


Google has also disabled the ‘Search by Image’ option which allowed us to simply copy or drag/drop any image into the search bar and find related images – without the need to actually type it out. So now, if you want any image, you will have to go through the pain of typing down what you need, look for suitable image, visit the source website and  then download the image – if available for free download. The new system will perhaps frustrate users, but it will develop balance between serving user needs and publisher concerns at the same time. Adieu ‘View Image’. So long ‘Search by Image’!