The search engine announced that the ‘View Image’ function will no longer be available as Google has removed it. The feature used to allow users to open an image that appeared on its regular search engine, displaying the image by itself.
Many users were fans of the function but the feature was a problematic one due to the fact that many would use the image for their own reasons. In a lot of cases, the images were not license-free, meaning that the people who used them did not pay royalties for them, hurting the businesses of photographers and image license owners.
Google made the move in order to make it more difficult for users to get the image as not only will the ‘View Image’ function no longer be available, but copyright information will also be included in these changes, according to an announcement from Alphabet last week.
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