It is being widely reported that YouTube has now launched the ability for users to choose how they licence their content through its video editor platform.
The new Creative Commons option will give other people permission to use footage, including for commercial purposes, with attribution, according to TechCrunch.
It is also reported that initially YouTube is working with content partners including C-SPAN and Al Jazeera to offer a starting batch of 10,000 videos under the creative commons license. Al Jazeera already makes some of its content available under a creative commons licence, shown in this repository. TechCrunch reports that it will not take long for YouTube’s 10,000 video store to grow.
That library will rapidly increase as more people switch their content over to Creative Commons, and there’s even a tool that will let you swap the license for a bunch of videos at once.
A request for more information from YouTube has not yet been answered, but details of YouTube’s creative commons policy can be found here.
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