…one giant leap for Googlekind.

Google Image has updated its image search function so that, now, you can filter your searches knowing your returns will be in the public domain. Here’s more from BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow:

Fred sez, “Image search on Google has just become a bit easier and a little less scary: Google officially launched the ability to filter search results using Creative Commons licenses inside their Image Search tool. Searches are also capable of returning content under other licenses, such as the GNU Free Documentation License, or images that are in the public domain.”

Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.