As the saying goes: “better late than never.” In a move that puts Bing on par with the likes of Google’s and Yahoo’s image search engines, Microsoft’s search giant has just added licensing refinements to its image searching capabilities as well.
Announced via the Bing Blog yesterday, Bing search enthusiasts will now be able to filter their searches based on the type of licensing they require from their image results. The options are presented via a drop down menu that has been added to the refinements bar at the top.
In addition to filtering by Size, Color, Type, Layout, People and Date, users can now also select their preferred “License.” All of the CC options are available—from simple Attribution on up to Attribution/Share Alike/Non-Commercial/No Derivatives—in addition to the option to display only photos that are in the Public Domain.
Like we said, this is a bit of a “better late than never” option that has been around with the other search engines for some time. The last guy to arrive at the party was Yahoo! back in January, and its image search has the added benefit of digging through Flickr’s massive Creative Commons library natively.
Regardless, it’s nice that all of the most popular search engines are now on board. If you’re a blogger, student, teacher, or just the kind of person that likes to share images online (while giving proper credit we hope), you now have a new way to search for them.