Yesterday YouTube added the option for users to select between two licenses for their videos: YouTube's standard license, which basically lets you retain ownership of your video while granting YouTube permission to host and share it; or a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY), which allows you to still retain ownership while granting anyone permission to use your work or remix it as long as they give you credit for any of your material they used.

Here's what the YouTube's help states about terms for the CCBY option:

By marking your original video with a Creative Commons license, you are granting the entire YouTube community the right to reuse and edit that video. Please understand that you may ONLY mark your uploaded video with a Creative Commons license if it consists ENTIRELY of content licensable by you under the CC-BY license.

This seems like an interesting move for YouTube. With content on their site licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, users now have the ability to take those videos, remix them with YouTube's Video Editor, and share them with their own subscribers.

YouTube Creative Commons Licensing Option - How it Works

YouTube Creative Commons Licensing for Remixes? Ill Pass youtube creative commons license option 300x124 You'll see this new option when you're uploading a new video or when you are editing the video upload details.

Once you allow for this, your videos will be eligible for use within remixes and will be included in search results for eligible videos, found within the video editor tool.

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YouTube Creative Commons Licensing for Remixes? Ill Pass youtube cc attribution When someone uses a video that you've elected to have a Creative Commons license for, attribution links will be added to that remixed video's description (when expanded) which will then link to the source videos as well as a page dedicated to information about all the attribution sources.

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Will You Allow for Creative Commons on Your YouTube Videos?

On one hand, it seems like licensing your videos under Creative Commons gives your content the potential for further exposure on other people's YouTube channels, but on the other hand, how many people really check out attribution links, especially when they're hidden in the expanded description area? And furthermore, YouTube is already so crowded -- will remix videos from YouTube's Video Editor really add any quality to YouTube's massive video catalog?

What do you think? Will you license your videos under their new Creative Commons Attribution License? Or will you continue to use the Standard License? Why?

For me personally, I'll continue to use YouTube's Standard License because I'd rather not have my face show up in remixes I may not want to be associated with. Or maybe because I'm a control freak. Hmm... yeah, one of those two reasons.

  • Ryan Ghyschur

    i have a very important question, can i create my own sound remix and attach it to a copyrighted song and post it on YouTube and not get in trouble for using someone's work, but also give credit to that particular band?

  • CreativeCommonsSV

    I have been waiting a long time for YouTube CCBY, and now I have a channel dedicated to Remix (CreativeCommonsSV). First I search for Creative Commons videos, and for copyright clips I ask permission, then save the email granting me permission, and then I DOWNLOAD the videos. Using Windows 7 Movie Maker I create a Remix and then upload. The credits are included in both the trailer of the video and in the YouTube caption. For Public Domain music I use a number of websites, mostly dedicated to classical music. However, if I want to use a copyright song I just search YouTube to see if it is being used with the consent of the owner, and I then try it myself. Permission can be revoked at any time, but it is well worth putting up with the ads to get great music for a great video.

  • Robert Shaver

    I do believe an artist should be compensated for his/her work... if that's what they want. But copyright as it is currently practiced in the USA stifles creativity and innovation. And the law has made it pretty much impossible to opt out of it.It really sucks that every aspect of our entire culture is under copyright and there is no easy to create new works without jumping through hoops, and sometimes it's impossible to jump through all the hoops. Orphaned works, for example.Sincerely,Rob:-]

  • Ronnie Bincer

    I don't think I'll use the new CC option. I guess I'm not as interested in the info "getting out there" as I am in my own promotion. Is that Greedy?

  • Colin Winter

    I think this is definitely a good step forward. However, YouTube needs improve their online editor before individual remixers will really be able to impress anyone. Perhaps by adding this to their API, developers like myself can leverage the content in more scalable and meaningful ways. Overall, I look forward to Fair Use becoming more of a right than a privilege/defense granted by courts.