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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Creative Commons: A Search Engine to Find Copyright Free Pictures

After over two years of beta testing, Creative Commons is officially launching its search engine. The finished product contains over 300 million pictures, a significant design with quicker performance, and more relevant results. 

Creative Commons: A Search Engine to Find Pictures without Copyright Issues

Creative Commons search index includes: 


  • 19 collections pulled from open APIs 
  • Cultural works from museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art 
  • Graphic design from sites like Behance and DeviantArt 
  • Photos from Flickr 
  • and an initial set of 3D designs from Thingiverse 
  • Performance improvements include faster search loading times, better search phrase relevance, and analytics to understand how the search engine is used. 


When it launched for the first time, CC Engine Search had only 9.5 million pictures available. That number has grown exponentially and it will continue to expand. 

Later this year, CC Search will index additional types of CC-licensed works, such as open textbooks and audio. 

Creative Commons plans to add more features to its search engines, such as advanced filters, the ability to browse collections without entering search terms, and improved mobile UX. 

To access this search engine: Creative Commons.

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