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Now License Your YouTube Videos Under Creative Commons

YouTube now 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.

In short, “You’ll be able to mark any or all of your videos with the Creative Commons CC-BY license that lets “others share and remix your work (derivative works), copy, distribute — so long as they give you credit.”

To mark your video with the Creative Commons license, select “Creative Commons Attribution license” on the upload page or on the Video Description page:

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’re already more than 10,000 videos from organizations like C-SPAN and Al Jazeera, but that’s just the beginning. And, that library will rapidly increase as more people switch their content over to Creative Commons, and there’s even a tool that’ll let you swap the license for a bunch of videos at once.

“Whenever you watch a video on YouTube that includes CC content that was created by another user, an attribution link will automatically be placed beneath the video. This attribution is currently only shown if you hit the “more” button on the video’s description, but YouTube says it’ll consider giving attribution links more placement if few people click them.

Any video you create using Creative Commons content will automatically show the source videos’ titles underneath the video player”:

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].

[Source: YouTube blog]

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