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Chris [PersonRank 0]

Thursday, January 4, 2007
13 years ago4,605 views

I have noticed that you can't search Google Images for Creative Commons content, but somehow, on the Creative Commons website, you can search Google Images for CC pictures.
   search.creativecommons.org
Go there, click and search in the Google tab, then click on Google Images link to search in Google images, and all of the results are Creative Commons.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

No, you can't search for CC pictures in Google.

This site seems nice: yotophoto.com , although most photos are from Flickr and Wikimedia.

I don't think there is a way to determine if a certain image is CC-licensed, unless the site has a fixed format (like Flickr) and you screenscrape it (or use an API). If I post a photo on my site, there's no way a search engine could certainly know if it's CC-licensed (even if my site is CC-licensed, even if I write next to the picture a small license text).

Providing a CC option in Picasa Web is not a solution, because that site is not searchable (at least yet). Google could that in Google Video (Blogger, Google Pages).

Brian Mingus [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

It was a huge lack of foresight for the EXIF standards to have not included an explicit copyright field.

exif.org/samples/canon-ixus.ht ...

Veky [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

> you can search Google Images for CC pictures.
   search.creativecommons.org<

URL looks like this: images.google.com/images?as_ri ...)&q=math
If it helps anybody. Doesn't seem to work for images.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Hmm. Does a web page including Creative Commons metadata automatically imply that the images included in the page (say, from the same server) are CC-licensed too? I suppose so?

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Philipp, on what basis can that be determined ?? just because the page has a CC licensed does not imply that the images is also cc..!!

What happens if I have a CC page and an image embedded that is bought from jupiterimages ?? will that be counted as CC image ? I would not want that to happen.

Maybe all photo uploads need a meta meta data that permits users to stuff in their licence attributes...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Hmm. The CC page on embedding metadata mentions "XMP" for PDF and images, but there's not much detail available on images. Besides, if popular image editing software doesn't support it, it won't be really used. Other than that the page reads:

<<Other Formats

We are working on procedures to tag more video, music, image and text file formats and will profile each one in this space as they are developed.>>

creativecommons.org/technology ...

Maybe it's easier to assume that embedded images, if from the same domain, are considered CC-licensed as well?

Andreas Bovens [PersonRank 3]

13 years ago #

Slightly offtopic maybe, but I must say I'm not a big fan of the closed captions icons used on Google Video.


video.google.com/images/cc_big ...



video.google.com/images/cc.gif



They look a lot like the Creative Commons logo and will create confusion if Google Video ever embraces CC licensing.

Andreas Bovens [PersonRank 3]

13 years ago #

Hmm. No idea why the images are displayed that big... Sorry 'bout that.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Andreas, don't worry, the forum script is kind of stupid in that regard :)

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