Starting today Creative Commons licenses are available to all Vimeo users, giving creators a means to let fellow-creators know if it’s okay to share, remix or reuse their videos. Creative Commons, which you may recognize from Flickr, is a nonprofit organization that offers six different free licenses that content creators can apply to their videos, pictures or other creations to let other users know what rights they have when it comes to using or distributing this content.
The six types of licenses offered by Creative Commons are as follows, as defined by the Creative Commons website (icons for each license can be viewed in the screenshot below):
- Attribution License – This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered, in terms of what others can do with your works licensed under Attribution.
- Attribution Share Alike License – This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial reasons, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use.
- Attribution No Derivatives License – This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.
- Attribution Non-Commercial License – This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
- Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License – This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. Others can download and redistribute your work just like the by-nc-nd license, but they can also translate, make remixes, and produce new stories based on your work. All new work based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also be non-commercial in nature.
- Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License – This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, allowing redistribution. This license is often called the “free advertising” license because it allows others to download your works and share them with others as long as they mention you and link back to you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.
NewTeeVee has published a screenshot of what the addition of Creative Commons to Vimeo will look like. However, I have not yet received the new feature on my account. NewTeeVee says that Creative Commons will become available to Vimeo users “beginning later today.”
Vimeo beats YouTube to the punch with the addition of Creative Commons. According to NewTeeVee, “Early last year, YouTube announced that it was testing the ability of certain partners to add downloads and Creative Commons licenses to their videos.” However, YouTube has not yet launched Creative Commons licensing capabilities to all users.
The addition of Creative Commons licensing at Vimeo will be great for the site, as it will increase sharing, remixing and collaboration. Just as many bloggers, journalists, graphic designers and creatives currently head to Flickr’s Creative Commons collection when looking for photos to use in their work, creatives can now find Vimeo clips to use in their own work, giving content producers on Vimeo a much wider reach in the world of online video.
What do you think about Vimeo’s addition of Creative Commons licensing to their site? Do you think we will see the video site grow as content creators search for licensed materials on Vimeo to use in their own works?