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Late last night, Yahoo! launched a Creative Commons search engine, permitting you to search the web, filtering results on the basis of Creative Commons licenses. So, as I feel like I've said 10,000 times when explaining CC on the road, "Show me pictures of the Empire State Building that I can use for noncommercial use," and this is the first of about 13,000 on the list.

Excellent news. So who's next? Google? Nokia? Apple? Come on folks... ;-) Hardware, software and services that support Creative Commons is key for creating the sharing economy. Creative Commons was designed to enable machine readable encoding and this is a great example of why. Congrats to all who worked to make this happen.

Update from Boing Boing: DeWitt sez, "I added a Creative Commons search as one of the very first columns on A9 during our launch of OpenSearch last week at ETech."

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The search doesn't work correctly: It also shows results which are *not* licensed with any cc licence.
One example is postings where I linked to a cc-Licence because I talked about it and provided a reference. However, I did *not* license my text by doing so, and so it should'nt be included in Yahoo CC Search results.
It seems like the search engine only looks for hyperlinks to cc license types and assumes that a page which provides a hyperlink to a license is indeed licensed under it. They should be reading rdf metadata instead, which *is* machine-readable.

The main problem is: Even if Creative Commons is designed to be machine-readable, the Yahoo! search is based on the links, not the RDF-data... Why? I haven't got a clue. Would be much easier, in fact.

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