Google Adds Usage Rights Search Filter

    November 9, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Google has added a feature to its advanced search function allowing the searcher to filter by copyright provisions that allow reuse, sharing, or modifying, and whether the source can be used commercially.

Google Advanced Search, which allows users to fine tune search queries for better returns, apparently added the feature this week.

Searching by “Usage Rights,” a tool bar pops down with several options including: not filtered by license; free to use or share; free to use or share, even commercially; free to use, share, or modify; free to use, share, or modify, even commercially.

Research Buzz reports:

“Google’s copyright filter search is very tight and the experiments I got gave nice results, but that “In order to show the most relevant results…” message at the end could really mislead someone to think their extended search is still running under a copyright filter. Surely I’m not the only one who thinks that might be a problem?”