Take This Content and Use It!

Copyright laws are getting ever more restrictive, and many content owners are pursuing increasingly Draconian enforcement actions against alleged information thieves. In response, a group called the Creative Commons has developed a less restrictive set of copyright principles that keep "some rights reserved" while allowing users to download, share and even modify online content.

Today's SearchDay article, Finding Free Content in the Creative Commons, focuses on a specialized search engine that's designed to find the millions of music, photo, video and text files on the web that have been published under the Creative Commons license. It's a great resource, and a unique way to find content that's difficult if not impossible to surface with a general purpose search engine.

About the author

Chris Sherman is a frequent contributor to several information industry journals. He's written several books, including The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook and The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, co-authored with Gary Price. Chris has written about search and search engines since 1994, when he developed online searching tutorials for several clients. From 1998 to 2001, he was About.com's Web Search Guide.