Here’s your invite to reuse and remix the 4 million Creative Commons-licensed videos on YouTube
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Today’s guest post comes from Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons (CC), for an update on CC BY videos on YouTube.
Four million creative commons
videos on YouTube
are just waiting to be reused, remixed, and
—more videos than anywhere else in the world.
Since the Creative Commons video library
on YouTube a year ago, you’ve added more than 40 years’ worth of video to the mix. Anyone, anywhere can edit, build on and republish the library’s videos for free thanks to the
Creative Commons Attribution license
, otherwise known as CC BY.
Do you need a professional opening for your
San Francisco vacation video
? Perhaps some gorgeous
footage of the moon
for your science project? How about a
squirrel eating a walnut
to accompany your hot new dubstep track? All of this and more is available to inspire and add to your unique creation. Thanks to CC BY, it’s easy to borrow footage from other people’s videos and insert it into your own, because the license grants you the specific permissions to do so as long as you give credit to the original creator.
You can pass on the creative spirit when you publish your video, by choosing the option to
license it under CC BY
so that others can reuse and remix your footage with the
YouTube Video Editor
. This is where the fun really starts. Imagine seeing your footage used by a student in Mumbai, a filmmaker in Mexico City, or a music video director in Detroit. By letting other people play with your videos, you let them into a global sandbox, kicking off a worldwide team of collaborators. We all yearn to create and contribute – now you can join the fun, and open the door to collective imagination.
Ready to start adding the CC BY license to your original YouTube videos? If you want to grant the YouTube community the right to reuse and edit your video, select “Creative Commons Attribution license” from the “License and rights ownership” menu. Starting today, you also have the option to
license your future videos under CC BY
as a default. For more information, visit
YouTube’s Creative Commons page
Guest to the YouTube blog, Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons
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