Bing introduces 'Search by License' filter to let you search by usage rights

Unsure whether you should use that image of your favourite artiste in your blog post? Bing Image search is to your rescue. Starting today you will be able to

Unsure whether you should use that image of your favourite artiste in your blog post? Bing Image search is to your rescue. Starting today, you will be able to search for images using the licenses filter in Bing Image search.

“At Bing, we love helping creative artists whether you’re a blogger, teacher, student or even a small business owner looking to market your latest creation,” explains Rizwan Ansary, Program Manager, Bing Images, about why Bing introduced this feature. “We understand how frustrating it can be to when you come up with just the right blog post or the perfect poster for your class project, only to realize you don’t have the appropriate rights to use them the way you intended to.”

Bing introduces 'Search by License' filter to let you search by usage rights

Brand new license filter

 

Bing has introduced a new license filter that will help you go through images that are only free to use or come with certain restrictions. Earlier, you would have to sit and go through details of every single picture to figure out whether or not it was free to use. This feature will help you filter images by usage rights and see only those that have a Creative Commons license (CC). 

Say, you have a blog that is supported by advertisements, you can narrow your search results down to only images that can be used commercially using Bing Image search. You can also filter your search results down to only results of images that let you modify images and use them commercially. In case you’re still unsure, you can click on the “learn more” option to pull up details about the image.

Ansary points out that despite the ease with which Bing Image search can display results, it is recommended that the user familiarise himself or herself with details of the CC license. This should be done to understand exactly what is allowed and restricted under the license. You will be able to find the license by heading to the image source and looking up the exact license. Head on to the CC website to learn more about the type of license the picture falls under.

What’s more, you will also be able to search for images on Bing directly from any Office application, if you’re using the latest version of Office 2013. These results will also show licensed images by default now. The Office 2013 search will also be based on the same technology that is behind the “Search by License” filter now.

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