Favorited Forcing Google’s Image Search to Provide CC Licensed Results by Default by Alan Levine

Good suggestion Alan, I’ve used it to add a ‘gcc’ workflow to my AlfredApp. If I type, sticking with your example, ‘gcc dog’ it will open https://www.google.com/search?q=dog&tbm=isch&tbs=il%3Acl. Any input ‘gcc query’ will open an url https://www.google.com/search?q={query}&tbm=isch&tbs=il%3Acl. I do wonder, as you note as well, about the general effectiveness of a Creative Commons search through Google. It yields many results that aren’t at all obviously CC licensed for instance. I use the Flickr search a lot as it allows me to set which specific CC license I am looking for, not all CC licenses are suitable for use on my blog e.g. And there is also OpenVerse (previously Creative Commons search, now an open source project hosted by WordPress), which I probably should be using more often and which includes Flickr. I have added Alfred workflows for those too (WordPress: https://wordpress.org/openverse/search/image?q={query}, Flickr with a specific license: https://www.flickr.com/search/?text={query}&license=4%2C5%2C6%2C9%2C10). So your post is a good prompt regardless of Google.

Do everything you can to subvert The Google. And find joy when you succeed. It’s a likely losing war, but you might come out on top of a few skirmishes.

Alan Levine

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  1. Thanks, Ton, for your post linking to Alan Levine’s Google-taming post. With your guidance, it was easy to knock up a few Alfred workflows. I should note, too, that DuckDuckGo has a !bangsearch for !flickrcc (which gives slightly different results, because it uses a different CC code) and possibly others

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