License YouTube Videos Under Creative Commons

By Elana Zak Comment

Update: Here’s the official announcement from YouTube.

How many times have you been putting together a video and realized you just don’t have the right B-roll? Now you can head on over to YouTube and find some usable, Creative Commons footage.

Yesterday, the news leaked that YouTube will be giving its users the option to license their content under Creative Commons, provided they give attribution. Or, as TechCrunch’s Jason Kincaid put it, “you can now give other people permission to use your footage however they’d like, provided [they] include a link back to the source.”

This means that by using the YouTube Video Editor, users will now be able to put CC content into their video. YouTube’s Creative Commons page spells out how to add this new content to your video and from those steps, it looks pretty simple. (Note: When I went into my YouTube account this morning, the CC tab wasn’t up yet.)

Here’s the rumored leaked press release, courtesy of the blog Boing Boing:

Now, look no further than the Creative Commons library accessible through YouTube Video Editor to make this happen. Creative Commons provides a simple way to grant and use copyright permissions to creative works. You can now access an ever-expanding library of Creative Commons videos to edit and incorporate into your own projects. To find a video, just search in the YouTube search bar or from within the YouTube Video Editor. We’re working with organizations like C-SPAN,, Voice of America, Al Jazeera and others, so that over 10,000 Creative Commons videos are available for your creative use.

To get started, visit and select the CC tab. Any video you create using Creative Commons content will automatically show the source videos’ titles underneath the video player.

As part of the Creative Commons launch on YouTube, you’ll also be able to mark any or all of your videos with the Creative Commons CC BY license that lets others share and remix your work, so long as they give you credit. To mark your video with the Creative Commons license, select ‘Creative Commons Attribution license’ on the upload page or on the Video Description page.

I’m pretty excited to try this out. What do you think? Will you use this new tool when it becomes available?