Creative Commons licensing just gave your YouTube videos a lot more freedom |

Creative Commons licensing just gave your YouTube videos a lot more freedom

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As of noon Eastern time today, you can put a Creative Commons license (CC BY 3.0) on your YouTube video uploads. In addition, YouTube will be uploading plenty of Creative Commons content to its editor tool to get you started.

Through the site's year-old video editor tool's new Creative Commons tab, you'll get more than 10,000 videos from sources like, C-SPAN, and Al Jazeera to use in your projects. And of course, you can also post whatever you've created from scratch with the CC BY license.

At least for now, this liberal license, which allows for remixing and commercial reuse with only attribution, will be the only CC option on YouTube. The intention is to reduce confusion in an audience they expect to have low familiarity with Creative Commons, as well as to allow commercial reuse. They'll also be making it quite easy to credit and link to the original source.

This addition will be great for Creative Commons, which will now have the exposure to video that Flickr gave them for photography. And it'll be a bonus for YouTube and its users as well, opening a new world of possibilities in participatory culture.

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Ruth Suehle - Ruth Suehle is the community leadership manager for Red Hat's Open Source and Standards team. She's co-author of Raspberry Pi Hacks (O'Reilly, December 2013) and a senior editor at GeekMom, a site for those who find their joy in both geekery and...