YouTube’s Creative Commons Library: Helping Video Creators Since 2011

YouTube recently marked the first anniversary of its Creative Commons files — over 4 million royalty-free videos and counting are available to content creators and the general public.

For the longest time before Creative Commons, creators finding the finishing touch to a remix video or a presentation needed explicit permission to use a snippet of someone’s video (while also giving them credit, of course). For creators who wanted to share their video with the masses, the default setting was YouTube license.

Now, YouTube has made it even easier for content creators to let other content creators use their videos to splice, remix, re-cut, or do whatever they like with videos. They announced that YouTube users can choose to have their future uploads under a Creative Commons license.

Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons (CC), wrote a guest blog post on the YouTube Blog extolling the benefits of licensing your YouTube videos.

“Since the Creative Commons video library launch on YouTube a year ago, you’ve added more than 40 years’ worth of video to the mix. Anyone, anywhere can edit, build on and republish the library’s videos for free thanks to the Creative Commons Attribution license, otherwise known as CC BY.”

Casserly said that Creative Commons videos can be used for an array of uses, whether it’s adding a professional quality opening to a vacation video or stock footage of animals in the wild for an artist’s latest single.

She added:

“Thanks to CC BY, it’s easy to borrow footage from other people’s videos and insert it into your own, because the license grants you the specific permissions to do so as long as you give credit to the original creator.”

Using snippets or remixing Creative Commons videos for your next YouTube video is an easy, cost-effective way of getting the right effects without waiting for permission.

Has YouTube’s Creative Commons library been helpful to you?