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Old 03-24-2005, 06:28 PM   #1

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Default NEW Yahoo search for reusable creative works

Yahoo has just released a new beta search that finds writing, pictures and other creative works that can be reused by others. This could be the answer to solving some copyright problems in certain situations.

Here is a link to the new beta search http://search.yahoo.com/cc

Below is an article that gives more details on how this search works and what is available for reuse and under what circumstances.

Yahoo Launches Search For Nontraditionally Licensed Content
By Antone Gonsalves, TechWeb News
March 24, 2005 (3:08 PM EST)

Yahoo Inc. on Thursday released in beta a search engine that looks for pictures, writings and other creative works that's available for reuse under nontraditional copyright licenses offered by a nonprofit group.

The new online tool searches the web for sites with aCreative Commons license.. The San Francisco organization has created a range of protections for authors and artists by replacing the "all rights reserved" of traditional copyright with "some-rights-reserved" alternatives.

For example, photographers could choose to make their work available for free for noncommercial use only and with attribution. The nonprofit group also has licenses covering cases where parts of an artist's work are used by a third party in another project, which is then distributed to others. Creative Commons offers a total of 11 licenses.

Yahoo, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., claims to search "millions of web pages" that carry the Creative Commons logo. Visitors can click on the logo to read the conditions in which content on the page can be reused.

The new tool, according to Yahoo, is to assist people in finding and sharing creative works.

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Old 03-24-2005, 06:51 PM   #2
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VERY VERY clever

A robust and premiere brand places their SE technology on top of the very specific Creative Commons license which in fact has a number of ways for the author to either grant rights or limit rights. Spot on! They are parsing the results properly from my brief examination and even provide a dandy RSS feed link.



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Old 03-25-2005, 09:41 AM   #3
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Excellent, I see that you beat me to it larwee!

Creative Commons is a respected organization and has created a way for copyright holders to license the use of their photos, text, videos, graphics et al for use.

One of the problems that webmasters face is tracking down the copyright holders to seek permission to use materials. Hopefully this will help.

A Report from the Field!

I did a search for "funny pictures" through the Yahoo! Creative Commons Search. And I checked out the first site in the results. I immediately found an advertising image (the baby with the stickers) which there is support to confirm the site's owner is the photographer.

I see alot of images on this site that I see all over the Net as well.

So I went over to the Creative Common's website and did some research over there and I got better results.

Conclusion, you need to search the site to see which images and/or other copyrighted content is available through a CC license onthe site. Do't assume the whole site is available for free use.

Also check out the the terms. It is a flexible license NOT public domain.
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Old 03-25-2005, 10:44 PM   #4

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Creative Commons terms do vary from site to site within these search results, and between items within a particular site (fed content, user-submitted material, etc). This certainly makes it all the more critical that webmasters carefully review what allowances are available under a particular license, and what content within a site is covered by these allowances.

As Kat mentioned, even sites that rank very high in the beta search results contain material that obviously isn't allowed to be reproduced commercially (the first-ranked site for "funny pictures" also contains a comic produced for Newsday).

That said, this is a fantastic move. The Creative Commons search feature has existed for a long time now, but making this available through Yahoo will open the database up to a far greater audience and make legitimate content sharing far more efficient and widespread.

The hiccups will be hard to overcome, however, and confusion regarding usage allowances associated with third-party content (Newsday funny pic, etc) will likely trigger a number of disputes until these issues are overcome.

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