This is really interesting: Yahoo! just released a beta creative commons search. From the website:
This Yahoo! Search service finds content across the Web that has a Creative Commons
license. While most stuff you find on the web has a full copyright,
this search helps you find content published by authors that want you
to share or reuse it, under certain conditions.
Yahoo! already indexes cc web materials, of course; what’s interesting about this is how it draws attention to copyright and copyright alternatives. It could be a great awareness-raising move… Since I’m betting that the vast majority of people don’t know what creative commons is, I wonder what the intention is though – will they eventually roll into their regular search as a checkbox option, or figure out a more transparent way to highlight cc results? For example, it might be cool if in the search results the cc materials were highlighted in a different color. Anyway, something to keep an eye on.
(via MANE News)