Use Google To Find Creative Commons Content

You find a cool image on the web, and you use it on your blog? No offence? Nope, you are sued! Not only images but also content. They are copyrighted and should not be used without the author’s or owner’s permission. Here comes Creative Commons to the rescue. They are similar to the GPL and GNU Public License for Open Source software. Now I’ll show you how to find Creative Commons Content and Images using Google.

Finding Creative Common Content Using Google Web Search

When you search for a topic, the search URL will look like this.

http://www.google.com/search?q=wordpress

Now you just simply add this part to the end of it:

&as_rights=(cc_publicdomain|cc_attribute|cc_sharealike|cc_noncommercial|cc_nonderived)

Google Search For WordPress

So when you copied it to the end, your URL should now look like this:

http://www.google.com/search?q=wordpress&as_rights=(cc_publicdomain|cc_attribute|cc_sharealike|cc_noncommercial|cc_nonderived)

By default it will show only the pages that are free to use or share.


Finding Creative Common Images Using Google Image Search

For finding CC images the procedure is quite similar. Google Image Search has four options with different Creative Commons license. You can also create customized searches for other combination of licenses.

Google Image CC Search

  • Public domain images

    The person or persons who have associated work with this document (the “Dedicator” or “Certifier”) hereby either (a) certifies that, to the best of his knowledge, the work of authorship identified is in the public domain of the country from which the work is published, or (b) hereby dedicates whatever copyright the dedicators holds in the work of authorship identified below (the “Work”) to the public domain.

    http://images.google.com/images?q=wordpress&as_rights=cc_publicdomain

  • Creative Commons Attribution

    You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

    http://images.google.com/images?q=wordpress&as_rights=cc_attribute

  • Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike

    You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

    http://images.google.com/images?q=wordpress&as_rights=cc_sharealike

Creative Commons also has a search option for finding CC content.

You can also use Google for checking flight schedules and with Google, the possibilities for other search queries are limitless.