YouTube Helps You Make More Videos with Creative Commons Library
If you have ever uploaded to YouTube a video that contained a piece of content that has been copyrighted by someone, then you are familiar with the message that you get about your video containing a copyrighted piece of work. YouTube then blocks your video from being viewed entirely or they block it from being viewed in certain countries. Regardless of your intentions, using copyrighted works is against YouTube's policies so if you violate YouTube's rules regarding copyrighted works then they force you to go to YouTube Copyright School to educate you about copyright issues. They then provide you access to a collection of copyright-free works to use instead and a fairly easy process to replace the works that violated copyright.
For years YouTube has provided a collection of copyright-free music to use in your own video projects if a song that you used has violated copyright, but beginning today they are offering access to a huge library of copyright-free videos from the Creative Commons to further help you avoid copyright violations. Beginning at 12 noon today (June 2, 2011), Eastern time, you will have access to a collection of over 10,000 Creative Commons videos from C-Span, Publicresource.org, Voice of America, Al Jazeera, and others, to include in your own video projects. You can get access to these videos by using the built-in editor that YouTube launched last year, which is accessed by logging into your account and navigating to your control panel and clicking 'video editor' in the menu at the top. Once you are in the video editor you click the CC button at the top of the editor to access the Creative Commons videos.
Any video that you use from the Creative Commons collection will be listed underneath your video, and a link to the original Creative Commons video will also be listed there. You will be allowed to edit any of the videos as you see fit, even if you want to use them in commercial works, but you are asked to give proper credit for the clips to the original creator. Another interesting feature rolling out today will be the ability to tag your own videos as Creative Commons so that your videos will be added to the collection. This is a great way to get more exposure for your own video works.Continued on the next page