Creative Commons and YouTube

We see the copyright symbol on things all the time, but many people don’t really understand what it means. When something is copyrighted it means you must seek and receive permission from the owner of the photo/movie/writing or whatever before you can use it. People copyright their works because that is how they make a living. When something is downloaded or copied from the ‘net’ without permission it is breaking the law.

But many people want to share what they’ve created and so there is a different licence – a Creative Commons License that can be used. It effectively gives people permission to use and copy the work as long as they follow the conditions of the licence (normally that involves attribution or giving credit to the creator).  You can read more about Creative Commons licenses here. It is also worthwhile checking out Creative Commons search engine which can help you locate CC images, sound and music.

There’s a great little movie that explains more about Creative Commons.

And for more good CC news, check out the following:

From CC News 

Written by: Jane Park, June 7th 2011

YouTube added the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) as a licensing option for users! Now when users upload video, they can choose to license it under CC BY or to remain with the default “Standard YouTube License.” Users may also change the license on existing videos by editing each video individually.

In conjunction with the implementation, YouTube also launched a Creative Commons video library containing 10,000 initial videos under CC BY from organizations such as C-SPAN,, Voice of America, and Al Jazeera. The library serves as a base catalog of videos for users to access, edit, and incorporate into their own video projects. TheYouTube Video Editor now contains a CC tab that allows users to search the Creative Commons video library and select videos to edit and remix. Users may remix videos directly on the editor platform, and any video that is created using CC BY-licensed content will automatically display the linked titles of the source videos underneath the player. Since CC BY is enabled as a licensing option, the library will grow as more users choose to license their work under CC BY. Already, in less than a week, the number of CC BY-licensed videos on YouTube has grown to more than 60,000. Read more about the development on our blog.

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