As a result of a longstanding legal debate between the stock agency Getty Images and the search platform Google, the "View Image" button that appeared at the bottom of images on Google has been removed. The button had allowed anyone to download images, particularly high-resolution images from Getty's site, and also completely bypass the original site where the content was published.
The new move by Google will certainly be welcomed by photographers and help maintain control over who downloads their images. In a further attempt to protect photographers, Google has also implemented more prominent copyright notices near images in order to deter users from using images without consent from the creator.
Last week Getty Images and Google announced a new "Global Strategic Partnership." This new partnership features a multi-year licensing agreement which will officially permit Google to use Getty Images for its products and services.
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