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03 June 2011, 15:17

YouTube enables Creative Commons licensing

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YouTube has announced that is has enabled the use of the Creative Commons Attribution licence for videos on the site. Any user creating a video can incorporate other video clips that have been released under the Creative Commons licence, provided that the original author is credited. YouTube has developed a library of Creative Commons videos that users will be able to incorporate into their own projects. The company is working with C-SPAN,, Voice of America, Al Jazeera and others, and has over 10,000 Creative Commons videos available for its users to access.

When creating a video using YouTube's Video Editor, a user can simply click on a CC tab in order to search through the Creative Commons library; videos created in this way will automatically list the source videos used. If the new video is itself released under the Creative Commons licence, others will be able to share and reuse that work. Users can also go back to existing videos they have created and switch from the Standard YouTube Licence to Creative Commons licensing.


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