Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Google will make copyright credits more apparent in image searches

A Getty deal also pulls links that lets you grab copyrighted pictures.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
February 9, 2018
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Google has reached a deal to end Getty Images' European complaint over photo copyrights, and it's quite likely that you'll notice the effects. A new agreement between the two will see Google obtain a "multi-year" license for Getty's photos in its products in exchange for reforming its approach to copyright in image search. Google will do more to highlight copyright attribution for the photos you find, so you'll know whether or not you'd need to pay for a picture. It will also pull "view image" links for pictures to reduce the number of direct downloads.

In the European Commission complaint, Getty had accused Google of effectively being a one-stop piracy shop: you could easily download and view copyrighted photos without visiting the host site or understanding the legality of a download. Google has long had an option to filter photos by licensing rights, but that only helps if you already intend to honor image permissions. The changes likely won't stop those determined to grab every image they want, but they may prevent 'casual' downloads from people who may only have a loose understanding of copyright.

The cost of the deal isn't known. It's no surprise that a deal exists at all, mind you. Google already has its plate full with EU matters, including a shopping-related antitrust fine and tax disputes. The Getty deal gets the copyright complaint out of the way and prevents it from complicating an already complicated situation.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

A personal trainer app guilt-tripped me into exercising (and it worked)

A personal trainer app guilt-tripped me into exercising (and it worked)

View
‘Cyberpunk 2077’ update introduced a game-breaking bug

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ update introduced a game-breaking bug

View
Apple shuffles hardware execs to make room for a mysterious new project | Engadget

Apple shuffles hardware execs to make room for a mysterious new project | Engadget

View
Instagram adds ‘professional dashboard’ for businesses and creators

Instagram adds ‘professional dashboard’ for businesses and creators

View
Scientists find a cloudless 'hot Jupiter' exoplanet with a four-day year

Scientists find a cloudless 'hot Jupiter' exoplanet with a four-day year

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr