Clip Art now powered by Bing Images

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The Clip Art and image library has closed shop. Customers can still add images to their documents, presentations, and other files that they have saved to their devices (phones, tablets, and PCs), OneDrive, and SharePoint.  Customers also still have the ability to add images to their documents using Bing Image Search.

Bing Image Search uses a copyright filter based on the Creative Commons licensing system.  The results that are returned are images that have been tagged with Creative Commons licenses.  A link to the source of the image is provided, which you should use to review the source of the image and the applicable license to determine whether your use will comply with the license. (The settings can be switched to show all web results to view more images.)  However, you are responsible for respecting others’ rights, including copyright. Learn more here.

–Doug Thomas

  1. Is this new Bing clip-art vector-based like we used to have? I liked the clear sharp lines and being able to ‘ungroup’ the old clip art so I could change or remove parts.

  2. Please remove the Comic Sans font as well, and make the world a better place.

  3. Will all the clip art images that was part of the library be published as creative commons? And if so what creative commons license?

  4. I don’t understand why, but I can use Clip art in Word 2010… Why?

    I just click on “add clip art” and I can have clip art, so when will I search via Bing images? Will it be in an update?

  5. I guess I have to ask if the Microsoft Clip Art was Creative Commons or by purchasing a license for Office you had free, unrestricted rights to use Clip Art from Office as you saw fit?

  6. Besides being horribly inconsiderate to all the clip-art fans, this is a dumb move. Why on Earth do I want to head over to Bing for the miserable collection I retrieved there today? If I have to download, inspect for copyright access, and save clip art, I’ll be getting it from Google where the collections appear more generous. Stupid move Microsoft.

  7. The benefit of MS clip art was that it was a curated collection. With the Bing image search, there’s no way to narrow results. I will be using a different website of clip art and inserting those images from now on. Making the old clip art available in some way would be very helpful.

  8. I’m really saddened by this. While a lot of the line art was outdated (I lobbied for a new set of updated line art), the photos were fantastic. Getting photos through Creative Commons is difficult and unsatisfactory, because
    1) it’s hard to verify the license
    2) if there are people in the image, you almost never know if there’s a model release
    3) it’s often hard to find how to credit the image — this is very time-consuming
    4) putting a text box in your presentation or document that gives proper credit looks ugly

    Instead of taking seconds to insert a picture, it will now take 15 minutes or more of research and creating the credit line.

    I haven’t seen this in PowerPoint yet, though — I’m still getting the same images I used to get.

  9. I work for the government, and regularly use clip art in work presentations. Today, searching for clip art while in Microsoft Outlook, I came across a man with a squid stabbed through his face, clearly cropped from some Japanese horror movie. Other searches bring up Internet LOLs and memes that the kids love, but my coworkers won’t. There are also plenty of ladies in bikinis, people vomiting rainbows, and other questionable content. A lot of it is obviously in violation of copyright.

    You have taken away a safe, clean, certain area for work safe images, and you’ve replaced it with a collection of nightmares, near nudity, and abominations. While I like those things outside of work, they don’t do me much good at the office.

    What on earth were you thinking?

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