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Yahoo Brings CC Filters to Image Search

Fred Benenson, May 26th, 2009

Forgive me, but a picture (screen shot) is worth a thousand words (searches):

Yahoo Image Search

Today, on Yahoo’s Search Blog, Polly Ng and Anuj Sahai announced the addition of CC license image filtering options to their image search and also explained why CC licenses are so important for finding images online:

Finding a great image online elicits a little thrill, but it can be tricky – if you’re looking for a pic to pop into a presentation or illustrate a Web page, you need to know if you’re allowed to use that photo, and how you can use it. Today, Yahoo! Image Search is launching a Creative Commons license filter that allows you to simply and quickly find images that are available for reuse.

When you use Yahoo! Image Search, you’ll now see a checkbox for Creative Commons allowing you to filter for images from Flickr that can be used commercially or that can be modified (remixed, tweaked, or built upon) with restrictions set by the image’s creator.

Congrats to the Yahoo! team for extending CC even further into their platform!

3 Responses to “Yahoo Brings CC Filters to Image Search”

  1. This is going to be very handy for lots of people. Kudos to Yahoo and CC. :)

  2. Lara says:

    I tried to do a search for photos that I may use in web videos; and, I took your advice to do go to Yahoo Search and select on Creative Commons. I checked the boxes that say “Creator allows reuse,” and also the boxes “Commercial Use,” and “Remix, tweak, build upon” but, in spite of this filter, the search brought up results that are fully licensed and not for commercial use or can be altered or built upon. I have had the same situation occur sometimes when doing a search for pictures on flickr.com as well; but, flickr.com doesn’t come up with the wrong search results as often as Yahoo. With this in mind, if you are doing a search for pictures on Yahoo and wish to use them commercially or for the public domain in any way, I would be cautious, if I were you, by looking carefully at the license for the individual photos and not assume that because they came up in a filtered search that they can be used.

  3. JN says:

    I don’t see any way to filter for CC license in Yahoo!’s image search. I’m guessing they did away with that option. Too bad.