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YouTube sets up Creative Commons library

YouTube is aiming to have over 10,000 videos under a Creative Commons license

YouTube has set up a library of videos carrying the Creative Commons license, that creators can easily reuse and incorporate into their work, the Google video sharing service said on Thursday in its blog.

The copyright licenses from Creative Commons enable licensors to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work, at least non-commercially, according to Creative Commons.

As part of the launch of Creative Commons licensing on YouTube, users will 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", Stace Peterson, a software engineer at YouTube said in his blog post.

YouTube said it is working with organizations like C-SPAN, Public.Resource.org, Voice of America, Al Jazeera and others, so that over 10,000 Creative Commons videos are available for the use of content creators, it said.

To find a video that is licensed under the Creative Commons license, users have to search using the YouTube search bar or from within the YouTube Video Editor. A CC tab guides users to content available under a Creative Commons license.

The CC BY license is described by Creative Commons as the "most accommodating" of the licenses it offers. "This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation," it said on its site. Creative Commons has five other licenses.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com


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