How to easily get back your "View Image" button in Google

Isaac Cain
February 19, 2018

The tweet directs followers toward an article by The Verge, which notes that "Google has always been under fire from photographers and publishers who felt that image search allowed people to steal their pictures, and the removal of the view image button is one of many changes being made in response". Google and Getty Images reached an agreement that would let the tech giant continue to produce results from the smaller company's database, but with some restrictions, including one where the "View Image" button was removed.

However the changes are only cosmetic.

Previously, users could click the "View Image" button from within Google Images to see the full-sized version of an image.

It was reported that a year ago, the European Commission supposedly received a complaint filed by Getty Images.

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The change stems from a complaint filed against Google to the European Union by Getty Images in 2016 in which the latter claimed that Google's image search functionality promoted piracy as it gave people easy access to high-resolution photos and eliminated the need to view them on the original source site. The only problem with that is, instead of just loading the image it loads the website hosting it.

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The decision has come as part of a settlement between Google and Getty Images, one of the largest stock photo agencies. With the view image button disabled, it's not as easy to open that image and then save it to your computer.

But critics said the changes were "awful", "user-unfriendly" and "degraded the product". By forcing users to visit the publisher's website to access full-sized images, Google will generate more ad impressions and clicks, which means more advertising revenue. But Google Chrome users can install the add-on to the browser, which is returned to the usual back button.

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