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As far as the largest collection of Creative Commons (CC) licensed videos is concerned, YouTube is now king of the pile. It now has over four million videos licensed for free use, which is a huge figure. But more than that, it represents a treasure trove for users who want to mine this for their own creative projects. A Creative Commons license on any media opens it up for reuse, remix, and re-imagination.

Also, another feature that will add to this mammoth number is that now you can license your uploaded videos as Creative Commons by default. These landmarks could give a fillip to anyone who is looking to enhance their creative work by using freely available material on YouTube. That, in fact, is the spirit of the CC BY program of the Creative Commons organization.

Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons speaks about it on the YouTube blog:

Imagine seeing your footage used by a student in Mumbai, a filmmaker in Mexico City, or a music video director in Detroit. By letting other people play with your videos, you let them into a global sandbox, kicking off a worldwide team of collaborators. We all yearn to create and contribute – now you can join the fun, and open the door to collective imagination.

If you would like to open up your uploads to the wider community with a CC BY license, select Creative Commons Attribution license from the License and rights ownership menu on the YouTube editor.

Are you willing to give up your copyright for the greater good? Tell us.

Source: YouTube Blog

  1. Navinder Singh
    July 28, 2012 at 7:33 am


  2. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    July 27, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    We should use them for some videos.

  3. Keno Clayton
    July 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Youtube is just growing so much now...they have all kinds of additions...

  4. Edward Bellair
    July 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    A step in the common sense direction.

  5. Mart Küng
    July 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    And that reminds me: We all know youtube and that it's the biggest and all that but could you review some more obscure video sites that are out there. There may be hidden gems many don't know about.

  6. Mart Küng
    July 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Im I ready to give up my copyright for a greater good? Yes and no. Actually I allready do this on wikipedia. Anything but there is free for all. On youtube...I don't know. I'd prefer Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 licence. Wich means, that if someone is going to make a buck with it I want my cut.

  7. Daniel Escasa
    July 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Are you willing to give up your copyright for the greater good?

    Please read the Creative Commons licenses. None of them deprive you of your copyright. You still own your work, you're simply releasing them a more liberal license.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      True. Just a figure of speech there.

  8. Yang Yang Li
    July 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I did not even realize the videos I upload to YouTube have any copyrights. I thought once something goes into the almighty Google network, it becomes their property.

  9. Cliff Mccullar
    July 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    rather basic article.

  10. steve
    July 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Nice one!!

  11. oyenike nifemi
    July 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I love youtube

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