This was written by Getty Images, but it's of concern to all photographers, especially professional photographers. If you live in Europe, you might already know the antitrust investigation there lasted well over two years -- and it ended in Google making concessions. I'm not sure they actually admitted wrongdoing, but concessions usually are an indication of wrongdoing whether an admission is outright or not.
"World Dominance" is never a good thing, in my opinion ... whether it's Google, Amazon, or "forced democracy" ... just sayin'. (I don't want a political debate, just making an observation.)
The following is a call for action, but it's the background info I wanted to share, not necessarily a request on my part for you to take action.
Yes, Getty has a shady past. That's why I made that stipulation. However, this applies to all photographers.
Blake, that isn't what the document says at all. What it says is that Google's search is returning images that are "Google products" and eliminating others. To test this, I just did a search for one of my own images that is on Google Maps, using a private browser window and forced parameters (keywords). If I'm using a browser window and signed into Google, the image shows up in an image search. If I'm using a private window, the image does not show up in an image search even with forced parameters.
By "Google products," my interpretation, verified by the EU antitrust investigation, is products listed in Google Shopping. Not sure if you're aware, but it isn't possible to list any copyrighted work in Google Shopping without having each individual work approved by Google Merchant Services. There isn't even a category for photographs. Not that I would ever entertain the idea of paying for AdWords, because most people have ad blockers on their browsers nowadays, but I was curious.
I would encourage you to search for your own photos, but unless you are not signed into Google and have your cache cleared (ie, private browsing window), it is not a valid search.