The "view image" button which allowed you to conveniently open an image alone has now been removed.
Google has made it a bit more hard for people to download the photos from the image search product.
What is the Peace Deal?
After a couple of seconds, the "View Image" extension should be installed. More than 300 people have already signed an online petition demanding that Google bring the feature back, and others are advising users to switch to new image search tools and workarounds.
Google has made a significant change to its Google Images search engine, in a bid to prevent people from downloading and copying copyrighted images. The View Image button would open the photo and make it very easy for anyone to download it. Instead, you will have to visit the actual website from where the image came from. After reaching a settlement with publisher Getty Images, the handy "View Image" button has been totally removed.
That didn't seem to appease Google users who were angry about the change, however. Now, you will have to wait for a web page to load, then search for the image you want to save.
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Although in the WebmasterWorld thread, one image search SEO said his pageviews are drastically down from Google Image search after the change. In a nutshell, Google has repositioned its Image search features in order to address the publishers' piracy concerns.
Getty Images is happy with the solution. After testing a couple of searches last night, one of the images we saw in the results couldn't even be seen on the website we were linked to, anywhere. In the second instance, people are also more likely to see the associated copyright information, if there's any.
Competitors of Google's image search engine such as Yahoo Images, Bing Images, DuckDuckGo and Startpage still provide an option to directly access full-resolution images. "Talk about destroying your own successful service".
Now, users will be able to visit the source site "visit" button.
Alternatives such as DuckDuckGo.com, Bing, Yahoo Image search and startpage.com are some of the said recommended websites to download imaged easily.
He noted that Google Images is created to help users find information when browsing images provides a "better experience" than does searching through text. Although it's easy to open the browser's code and find the raw image link, for a huge number of users, it would be rocket science.