Google Images recently simplified the search experience to make it easy for users to find images that are licensed or copyrighted. This change helps publishers, photographers, and artists present their work to users, while also helping them find the images they have the right to use.
Currently, in image search results, there are three options under Use Rights, All, Knowledge Sharing Licenses, and Commercial Licenses and Other Licenses. With the click of the two options below, there will be a picture logo in the lower left corner of the image, and the words “authorized” will appear on the mouse hover over it.
After clicking on the image, you can see the details of the license, including creators and copyrights, etc., and click on the link to learn more details. Google says it has partnered with the image licensing industry to develop these new features. “We believe this is a step to help people better understand the nature of the content they view on Google Images and how to use it responsibly,” he wrote in a blog post.
Paul Brennan, Vice President of Content Operations at Shutterstock, said, “The new features of Google Images help both image creators and image consumers by providing visibility into how creators’ content is properly licensed. We are pleased to work closely with Google on this feature to bring fair compensation to our more than 1 million contributor communities around the world by advocating for conservation measures. In developing this feature, Google has clearly demonstrated its commitment to supporting the content creation ecosystem. “