Google on Thursday announced it was introducing Creative Commons licenses for YouTube. The new feature will give users a large selection of video clips from all types of subject areas that they can then share, edit, and remix.
Although YouTube has been around for six years and owned by Google for five, it’s admirable that the company continues to add features that empower the user. The addition of Creative Commons licenses to YouTube will make it easier for users to increase their exposure if other users want to use or remix that content. Adding Creative Commons tags will also help YouTube on the copyright front by clearly distinguishing what clips users can use freely and what they cannot.
YouTube said it is teaming up with C-SPAN, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, and PublicResource.org to provide more than 10,000 clips to users. Any videos that use Creative Commons videos will list the CC source videos underneath the video player.
Another big part of the announcement is that YouTube customers will be able to mark their own videos with a Creative Commons CC-BY license that lets other people edit and remix a copy of their work.
Users who want to check out the Creative Commons selection right now can go to www.youtube.com/editor and select the CC tab. From there, users will be able to search through all YouTube videos marked with a Creative Commons tag or Favorites that have been previously selected.