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I've just been looking for images which are in the public
domain and have found this difficult. On the whole, i
normally either go to Wikimedia, NASA or ex-Soviet
sources for this purpose but this is an old strategy similar
to the kind i used to use before the likes of Google Image
What i want is, some kind of search engine which allows
me to find the likes of audio, text, video, software or
images which have particular licences for reuse. I believe
this is possible because images, for example, can be
tagged for content and there are clearly people who do
things like trawl through YouTube videos to find copyright
infringement. I would like this to be possible for two
reasons. Firstly, i don't want to rip people off and use
their stuff when they're just trying to make an honest
crust. If i look for images in the public domain, this does
have some impact on such people through the images they
have created for money which i then won't use. Secondly,
if i want to reuse something which in fact is restricted, i
might want to pay them. This would seem to be a way of
getting money to people without a huge wasteful apparatus
like EMI or something.
So, i propose that there be a unified search engine which
allows one to search for content by licence. If one chooses
to filter by non-royalty free, something like thumbnails
would be displayed with payment buttons next to them,
linking to PayPal or something else which works and is
fairly secure. A single action allows one to pay and
download inseparably in such cases. I know there are sites
which do this, but i'm talking about an internet-wide
facility to enable it.
That way, no copyright infringement occurs, people get
paid and there's no waste.
||I thought this was going to be something that allowed you to add modifiers to your search requests, like "-tudor". Or maybe something which submitted your search request to a team of minor royals, one of whom would come and knock on your door with your search results beautifully printed on vellum.
||[Ian], there are no images at all on my blog, stolen or
otherwise, other than the banner at the top which
Wordpress put there, but yes, people are cavalier.
||Actually no, tell a lie, there are scans of course
materials from an educational institution which had
long since gone bust, but they're only samples, not
wholesale plonking of content, and i did it to argue
the case for herbalism with Ben Goldacre, who made
a claim with which i strongly disagreed.
||Flickr (and I am sure other image sites) has a search option (within the "advanced search" section) where you can restrict your search by creative commons licence type.
||Besides, doing a search on an image site often yields better results than an image search on Google.
||Yes, true, and they may want to encourage people to visit their site directly, but they can exclude search engines if they want that to continue and it just doesn't work the same way as internet-wide search engines, because there's no one-stop place for doing this.
||[Ian], hmm, i'm thinking about bloggers i know as opposed to blogs which i frequent written by people i don't know, and i can't recall them ripping off any images at all. They link to their own content on YouTube sometimes or post their own photos but i can't say i've noticed them do that. I've generally assumed that the majority of images on the internet which aren't free are watermarked in some way, so linking an image payment service to that watermark would presumably achieve a balance between the advertising revenue coming in and the usage rights going out.