New Bing Search-By-License Feature Filters Images Based On Usage Rights

bing-logoBing announced a new “Search by License” feature today that filters images based on usage rights. The new feature filters images with a Creative Commons license, helping users avoid the hassle of digging through image licensing details to find available photos.

The “Search by License” feature has six different filters, making it possible for users to find images that will best serve their needs. The six filters include: 1. All, 2. Public domain, 3. Free to share and use, 4. Free to share and use commercially, 5. Free to modify, share and use, 6. Free to modify, share and use commercially.

Bing Search by License filter

Bing also notes clicking on an image from the Bing image search results page will provide the image’s source to help determine licensing details.

Bing image licensing details

According to the announcement, the latest version of Microsoft Office 2013 uses the same “Search by License” technology released today, so that when an image search is performed within any Office application, only licensed images are pulled by default.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Microsoft | Microsoft: Bing | Microsoft: Bing Image Search | SEO: Image Search | Top News


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  • Zach Smith

    i will be back for more articles like this :)

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  • Molses

    From the screenshot above i see date option in bing image search. Date of the image feature is used by me in google image search more than anything else to get recent pictures. Now i can switch to bing.

  • Nathaniel Bailey

    Bing are trying so hard to offer better filters etc then google these days and it seems to be looking good for them! But I still find 90% of my searches better on google than bing so I still can’t personally break out of the google habit lol

  • Verdumont Monte

    To me the main issue with bing is, it doesn’t index the blogs and other user generated contents properly. Yes, it does index famous blogs, but for specific tech issues, I mostly find answers in blogs than in stackoverflow.

  • Nikita Saxena

    The new Search by License is quite a handy tool. It makes easier to look for images that can be used for a certain purpose without having any copyright issues. It can save a lot of time.

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