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June 2, 2011

Creative Commons Videos on YouTube

YouTube added a new feature that lets you change the standard video licensing and switch to the Creative Commons Attribution license, which allows other people to reuse your videos. "Others may copy, distribute and create derivative works from your video — but only if they give you credit."

The new feature is used in YouTube's video editor, which lets you search for Creative Commons videos and use them to create a new video. YouTube says that there are already more than 10,000 videos from organizations like C-SPAN and Al Jazeera, but that's just the beginning.

YouTube will certainly become the largest library of Creative Commons videos, but it's strange to see that it took so long to add a license that encourages creativity. The first Google service that integrated with Creative Commons was Google Web Search (2005) and it was followed by Picasa Web Albums (2008) and Google Image Search (2009).

If you want to find Creative Commons videos on YouTube, click "Filter & Explore" after performing a search and select "Creative Commons". You could also add ", creativecommons" to your query and search for [paris, creativecommons].


  1. Damn easy way to make Videos popular across the world for free. Amazing feature!

  2. I want to bring your attention to the fact that for partners, for videos sharing profits with Google, this option is disabled :(

    Why? Can't a video sharing profit with Google be licensed with CC?

  3. Why don't they support Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)?

  4. Amazing Feature. Can't wait to use this feature as soon as possible. Creative video

  5. Good blog. YouTube is one of the top most social media and it's new feature creative videos is really new knowledge for me. Thank you
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