Sometimes when you put a video on YouTube you really want to splice in a few seconds of C-SPAN or Al Jazeera coverage, but you’re afraid of the copyright issues. Well, be afraid no longer. YouTube has just added the option to license content under Creative Commons, making it easier for everyone to remix videos without being punished.
Creative Commons actually has a variety of licenses available, but YouTube users can use only one. That license requires attribution for any content used, and the video using Creative Commons material cannot be used for commercial purposes. YouTube has partnered new organizations C-SPAN and Al Jazeera to get 10,000 videos under CC license to start off. Other videos available with the license also apparently include a cat riding a roomba, a waving flag or 25 seconds of the Golden Gate Bridge.
To use the CC licensed content, simply go to the YouTube Video Editor. The available video will be in it’s own separate tab like you see above. Then you can mash it up until you’ve happy with the final result. The links to the original content will automatically be linked in your video description, making the process very easy for everyone. It would have been nice if YouTube offered more types of Creative Commons licenses, but limiting it to only one is probably better for users who might not be too familiar with the licenses. It’s still a lot better than having everything copyrighted and users fearing takedown notices for using the content in their own videos.