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Getty Goes After Google in Europe, Accuses them of Enabling Photo Theft

Getty Images is making waves today after filing a formal complaint against none other than search and tech giant Google with the EU Antitrust commission. The complaint accuses Google Image Search of promoting piracy, “resulting in widespread copyright infringement [and] turning users into accidental pirates.”

Getty Images, it seems, has seen a big drop in traffic to its site since Google began showing larger, high-resolution image previews in January of 2013. “Because image consumption is immediate, once an image is displayed in high-resolution, large format,” says Getty, “there is little impetus to view the image on the original source site.”

They explain the problem in simple terms through this animated video released some 9 months ago:

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