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Google SearchLiaison
Today we're launching some changes on Google Images to help connect users and useful websites. This will include removing the View Image button. The Visit button remains, so users can see images in the context of the webpages they're on.
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Google SearchLiaison 15 Feb 18
Replying to @searchliaison
The Search by Image button is also being removed. Reverse image search *still works* through the way most people use it, from the search bar of Google Images.
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Google SearchLiaison 15 Feb 18
Replying to @searchliaison
For those asking, yes, these changes came about in part due to our settlement with Getty Images this week (see also ). They are designed to strike a balance between serving user needs and publisher concerns, both stakeholders we value.
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Google SearchLiaison 15 Feb 18
Replying to @searchliaison
Ultimately, Google Images is a way for people to discover information in cases where browsing images is a better experience than text. Having a single button that takes people to actionable information about the image is good for users, web publishers and copyright holders.
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codyb 15 Feb 18
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Dennis Goedegebuure 15 Feb 18
Would love to see Google stepping up to protect copyright more than just the notice under the image. Image theft has been rampant
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hare_ware 15 Feb 18
I really feel like there's a better way to do this.
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Gui Leite 15 Feb 18
Replying to @searchliaison
Such a terrible update, please reverse that, we LIVE for the "search by image" and "view image", that's the purpose for Google Imagens, unless it's useless, lbh
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Lirodon🦇 15 Feb 18
that's useful for finding high resolution copies of copyrighted images, so they reduced the prominence of that too
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George M 🇪🇺 15 Feb 18
Replying to @searchliaison
terrible idea! 😠 I'm almost never interested in the original webpage when searching for an image; I want instead to access the image directly
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Fayçal (d3vr) 15 Feb 18
I just [made a bookmarklet that you can drag to your bookmarks bar]() that allows you to download the full size images. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
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