It has been a turmultuous week for Google when it comes to dealing with legal issues. First, the European Commission files antitrust complaints against Google. Then, Microsoft withdrew previous antitrust complaints dating back to 2011. Now, Getty Images is joining the European Commission with similar antitrust complaints.
Getty Images has stated it will file a competition lawsuit with the EU against Google, suggesting that Google has made changes to image search which promote piracy. In addition, Getty Images claims Google is giving itself an unfair advantage when it comes to traffic and advertising.
The fact that Google displays pictures in search results, that people would otherwise have to click through to Getty Images to see, is what has led to the lawsuit. According to Getty Images, once an image is displayed in Google there is no longer a reason to click through to the actual website to see it. It has also turned people into “accidental pirates” through using these images on their own websites.
This is not the first time Google has been charged over breaching competition laws in the EU. The company has yet to respond to this particular charge. What changes Google may make, if any, remain to be seen.