Google recently removed the ability in their own image search function to click on the “View Image” button to reveal the source of the picture. Google removed the button after the company entered an agreement with Getty Images.
There were long time no specific details were given, only that due to Copyright reasons ‘some’ images getting removed and that the search engine might get an update but it was unclear if all images are affected or not.
In a separate message to members of its iStock photo service, Getty went into a bit more detail on what to expect from the partnership:
Moving forward, Google has agreed to make changes in Image Search, including making the copyright disclaimer more prominent and removing the view image button. In addition, we're announcing that Getty Images and Google have embarked on a global strategic partnership that will see deeper integration of Getty Images’ world class imagery across Google’s suite of products and services.The copyright notice alongside each snap will also be made more obvious. The deal comes after Getty lodged gripes with regulators in both the US and Europe over Google Images.