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Search for the Commons

24 Mar 2005

You can now search for Creative Commons-licensed content using Yahoo! Search at search.yahoo.com/cc!

If you did not know already, Creative Commons is a nonprofit that offers a flexible copyright for creative work. Basically, if you made a creative work of art such as images/photography, audio/music, text/books or stories or blogs, video/movies, education/tutorials and you want to share it with the world, then choose a license type that you like and open it up for the world to admire. For example, you get to decide if you want to allow someone to make commercial use of it or if you want to allow someone to build upon the work by modifying or enhancing it, etc. My book is licensed under a Creative Commons license as well.

It is good to know that we are moving towards a more free-er and open world with open source software, open content, open knowledge and even open music. This is turning out to be an information age for the people, by the people and of the people.

One thing I like to see open up is Microsoft's wallet. Ok, ok, I'm just kidding :lol: And no, Google does not do CC search. In case you have forgotten, Yahoo! is pretty innovative as well. Almost forgot, the search api now supports CC-only search as well.

More information on the Yahoo! CC Search is in the Yahoo! Search blog, the Creative Commons blog and the Yahoo! Search API blog.

Update: With the Wikalong Firefox extension, you can have an open wiki-led way to surf the internet as well! Wow.

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