p2pnet.net News:- Creative Commons has joined the search engine club with an updated beta which scours the web for text, images, audio, and video free to re-use on certain terms – a refinement offered by no one else.
What’s more, Firefox 1.0 features the CC search technology in its toolbar.
"The Creative Commons search engine helps companies, educators, and artists find content they can re-use without having to call a lawyer, and it offers authors and artists who want to share their work a competitive advantage toward having their work discovered online,’ says product manager Neeru Paharia.
By way of example, "A DJ seeking songs free to remix or mash-up could browse listings of MP3s by their legal terms."
The Creative Commons engine is distinguished from other search services by virtue of the fact searches are possible without the hassle of rights-clearance, licensing requests, or royalty payments.
It was developed with the help of Nutch.org, an open-source search developer.
The beta search engine indexes just under one million web pages, but Creative Commons says it expects to soon index the full five million pages currently carrying Creative Commons licenses.