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June 11, 2009

Find Creative Commons Images in Google Image Search

Google Image Search added the option to restrict the results to images that are licensed using Creative Commons, a list of flexible licenses that allow content creators to share their works with the world.

The options aren't yet available in the interface, but you can use the search box below to find images that are licensed using some of the most popular Creative Commons licenses:

Images labeled for:

The four options displayed above combine different Creative Commons license, but you can create customized searches for other combination of licenses:

* public domain images:

* images licensed using Creative Commons Attribution:

* images licensed using Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike:

Last month, Yahoo Image Search added a similar feature, limited to Flickr images. "By launching the Creative Commons license search with Flickr and making it available to all our Yahoo! Image Search users, we aim to promote reusable work and to be transparent about the guidelines issued by the creator of a particular image," mentioned Yahoo's blog.


  1. Google should add these options as drop down menu. I don't know why it is taking Google so long to do it.

  2. Nice touch, when will this be made publicly available?

  3. Great tool. I've been using flikr Creative Commons, will try this one too.

  4. Its really great .Please deploy it soon.I am so eager to use it.

  5. Yes ..i was created new google profile. Thank's

  6. I stopped using Google to find images that help illustrate the posts on my blog. Ferreting out shared content through Google is a needle-in-a-haystack proposition.

    I use Flickr now exclusively for this. And really- I do so out of thanks for the ease of use. When they finally put it in a menu... I might look at Google images again.


  7. Bing Has Better Images Search Option. Google has to updated it's search engine now...

  8. Whoa! Never knew about this...this is really wonderful! Thanks a ton to Brian...and Sheryl Loch for this. They led me here. And I am really grateful to them as I am to Google now.
    I might have to rethink about the options now. So far I was simply going with Flickr, but now this thing is going to be in my good books for sure.

  9. The best creative commons search database I've found is FlickrCC Obviously this just searches the Flickr database rather than the full data base that Google accesses, but the quality of images available through FlickrCC is amazing so you shouldn't need any more.

  10. It's there now. Google Images --> Advanced Image Search --> type in key words and select ‘labeled for reuse’ under Usage Rights --> Click Search.

  11. this is make me think again to share anything on the internet. thank you :D


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