Yahoo! Creative Commons Search

Yahoo has launched a Creative Commons search tool. All I can say is: it’s about someone did. Yahoo has been making a lot of interesting changes lately (360, Flickr, and now this). People are saying that the strong competition from Google is making good things happen at Yahoo, and I couldn’t agree more. I think Yahoo still has a ways to go in the pure search arena, but as far as a total suite of services, they’re doing a really good job.

I’ve mentioned the Creative Commons (CC) before, but now is as good of time as any for a recap. The CC is a set of licenses that let creators of books, music, art, whatever release their work with only “some rights reserved”. For example, you might want to put some pictures up on the web and share them with anyone as long as they give you credit, and aren’t using them for commercial purposes.

Why would you want to do this? Well, for most people they aren’t going to make any money on the work they’ve done. They just do it for their own personal enjoyment. By licensing something under a CC license, you’re allowing other people to get value from your work. In a way, this increases the value of your work, and the total value of the economy as a whole.