Google Images' new layout - how this impacts photographers and webmasters

posted on 4th of february, 2013

Let me preface this blog post by saying that Google has been a very important Internet player, and that the Internet wouldn't be the same without their efforts and innovations. With that said, I would like to share information with you regarding a recently released update to Google’s image search functionality that is very troubling in that it materially changes the way Google image searchers respond to images that they locate.
Until a few days ago, a visitor to Google Images would see a thumbnail of the image in search results laid over the site where the original image was displayed. The website could be any site: an agency selling or displaying photographers' images, a personal website or a business that licensed images and paid a fee for them. The old Google search result presentation...

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Posted by Dprogers on August 14, 2013
The choice of watermark does matter Achilles and Bigpressphoto is correct as evidenced by the number of times I've seen people use images with the swirl on them because it is not a good choice of watermark. I had a PhD student that did a thesis in image protection and I sat on the Federal Government's Advisory Council on Intellectual Property and have followed the Digital Rights Protection issue very closely but try and have a sensible conversation with anyone in Dreamstime on it and I've found I'm wasting my time as they don't even understand the basics.
Posted by Achilles on August 13, 2013
@Bigpressphoto, with all due respect you miss the point since this is not about the watermarked images. It is about high-res images that are licensed by customers. If someone can get a 2,000 px high res image without any watermark, why bother downloading a watermark (visible swirl or not)?
Posted by Dprogers on August 13, 2013
Trouble is Bigpressphoto that Dreamstime doesn't leverage the knowledge of its community in so many areas.

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