Published: Mon, February 19, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

View Image for Google Images extension for Firefox and Chrome

View Image for Google Images extension for Firefox and Chrome

Go to Google, type in your image search, find one you like, click, view image and save.

CNET reports the new changes come after Google received criticism from Getty Images, which complained in 2016 to the European Commission that the search engine's image search created too much ease for users to acquire images from its photography service without proper attribution.

View Image is a browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that adds a "view image" button to Google Images so that users can click on it to display the image directly in the browser. The result being, it's now more hard to simply view an image found using a Google search. It meant you could click an image in the stream, then click the button to see the image full size without having to load anything else.

Google and Getty Images reached an agreement earlier this month with Google now obtaining a multi-year license to use Getty's photos in its products and it has also agreed to make some changes to its image search and this is the result of that agreement. The goal is supposed to protect copyrighted material from being pirated.

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Announcing a seemingly minor tweak through a Tweet, Google said it will remove the View Image button. The only problem with that is, instead of just loading the image it loads the website hosting it.

Google is facing a major backlash after they bowed to pressure from Getty Images over the use of their search engines image indexing system.

The most likely response to this change is users will soon learn to stop clicking the Visit link unless they really want to see an image full size. For example, Pexels and Pixabay.

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