You may recall that the photo agency filed a complaint previous year with the European Commission, a complaint which accused Google of promoting piracy because of this very image search feature that allowed users to view large, high-resolution images.
Users found out that Google has disabled the "view image" button.
Under the new agreement, which settled the dispute with Google, Getty Images will be "working closely with them to improve attribution of our contributors' work and thereby growing the ecosystem", Getty Images CEO Dawn Airey said in a statement last week.
Now if you want to download an image, you'll have to visit the site and scroll down to find it.
In 2016, Getty Images filed a competition law complaint against Google, saying the search engine company's use of scraped third-party imagery through Google Image Search diminishes a fair marketplace for content creators.
You've probably noticed an interesting change if you've tried to Google for images lately.
Well, that is until Getty Images reached a settlement to enter into a "multi-year global licensing partnership". "By signing this petition, you are telling Google and Getty Images that removing the button will not stop people downloading copyrighted images".
Critics and social media experts also believe the move will help drive more traffic to websites with the intention of stopping users from deterring from websites that rely on ads for revenue.
A new Chrome extension re-implements the Google "View Image" and "Search by Image" buttons. Will it stop images being "stolen"?
Here's how to do it on Chrome: scurry over to the View Image extension page on the Chrome web store. But come on, people can STILL gain unauthorised access even with this change. It's unclear if this extension violates any of Google's policies or agreements with Getty Images, so if you use the Chrome browser (or Firefox), go grab the extension from below while you can.
The extension does require access to your browsing data on all Google sites and the code is available on GitHub.