Mashup Artists Rejoice! YouTube Editor Incorporates Creative Commons

By Megan O'Neill Comment

If you like making mashups of popular YouTube videos then you are in for the treat of your life.  According to NewTeeVee’s Janko Roettgers, the YouTube Editor is adopting Creative Commons licenses at 9AM PST today.  What does this mean?  Basically that YouTubers will be able to access Creative Commons-licensed video directly through the YouTube Editor and cut the footage up with other clips to make their own masterpieces.  Pretty cool, eh?

According to Roettgers, “YouTube’s catalog of Creative Commons clips is being seeded with more than 10,000 videos from partners like C-SPAN, Voice of America and Al Jazeera.  Users also now have the ability to publish any of their own videos under CC-BY simply by selecting the licenses as an option during the upload process.”  YouTube Project Manager Jason Toff told Roettgers that the feature is designed to be as simple as possible because, “The majority of users will be new to Creative Commons.”  For this reason, only the CC-BY license is available at this time.  However, if YouTubers show interest then they may add other licenses in the future.

As the YouTube Editor has operated up to this point, users have only been able to access videos that they personally uploaded to YouTube.  Now, users will be able to access, in addition to their own videos, all of the Creative Commons videos in the YouTube catalog.  Clips can be dragged into the video you are editing, just as if they were in your personal library.  While you won’t be able to do any seriously complicated video editing or any audio mixing at all, this should still result in some pretty cool and creative projects.

This news is big for Creative Commons because it marks their foray into the mainstream online video world, and it’s huge for YouTube as well.  Just last week YouTube announced that users are new uploading more than 48 hours of video footage per minute.  The addition of Creative Commons to the Editor gives users yet another way to make videos and add to the growing amount of content on the site.

Let us know what you think about this big news in the comments below.  Oh, and while you’re here, check out our compilation of the Best YouTube Remixes!  We’re sure to see a lot more remixes and mashups coming out of YouTube with the addition of Creative Commons to the Editor.


[Update 9AM EST] YouTube just made the announcement on their blog.  They are directing users that would like to find out more to their Help Center and reminding users that all content must still follow the rules and guidelines in their Copyright Center.

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.