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+ - Google Now Allows Searching by Usage License

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3-State Bit writes: It seems that Google now allows "Usage Rights" among the search criteria. The Google Help Center outlines the feature:

Our "Usage Rights" feature helps you find published content — including music, photos, movies, books, and educational materials — that you can share or modify above and beyond fair use.
By clicking on the "Advanced Search" link on Google you can change the "Usage Rights" from the default option ("not filtered by license") to:
  • "Free to use or share"
  • "Free to use or share, even commercially"
  • "Free to use share or modify"
    or
  • "Free to use, share or modify, even commercially"
It's nice to see a major corporation acknowledging "Fair Use" for a change, and even simplifying the licensing quagmire — no cryptic "Apache, Artistic, BSD, GPLv2, GPLv3, LGPL, Mozilla, MIT, New BSD", etc.

How long before media software starts incorporating Usage Rights Google search in place of clip-art?

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