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Bing adds licensing filter to image search

By Anthony Thurston on July 3rd 2013

In a move that brings Bing’s Image search tool on par with Google’s, the company has announced that users of the service can now search for images based on the images licensing rights. This is not new technology, Google has been doing this for a while. But as a blogger who also happens to be a photographer, this makes me happy.


With all the rampant copyright infringement and image stealing going on online its awesome to have the ability to find Images that you can use without having to be worried your stealing an image or going to be sued for breaching copyright. Essentially this update makes Bing a giant stock image search engine, which varying levels of licensing available.
Another neat thing about the Bing version of this tool is that it is much more prominently displayed than it is on Google, meaning more people are likely to use it and thus less likely to steal your copyrighted images. That is the theory anyways.


It is simple enough to use this new image search option, simply go to Bing and enter your image search. Then from the results simply select the type of licensing you want to search for from the drop down menu in the options and you are good to go. Now obviously there is some room for error here, so always double check any images that you decided to use to make sure that they are truly legal for you to use. Nothing would be worse than getting a letter in the mail from a lawyer months later having thought you were in the clear.

What do you think of this new image search filter? Will this help content creators find images to legally use and cut down on piracy? Let us know in a comment below.

**Update: Apparently Google no longer offers this technology, making it even cooler that Bing uses it.


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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Wil G

    how do you add license to your image? is through the EXIF data?

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