In June of 2011, YouTube adopted Creative Commons licensing, giving YouTubers the opportunity to make their own creations available for public use or to remix videos with Creative Commons licensing uploaded by other users.  A little over a year later, 4 million videos have been Creative Commons-licensed and Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons, invites you to reuse and remix them.

Casserly writes on the YouTube blog, “Since the Creative Commons video library launch on YouTube a year ago, you’ve added more than 40 years’ worth of video to the mix.  Anyone, anywhere can edit, build on and republish the library’s videos for free thanks to the Creative Commons Attribution license, otherwise known as CC BY.”

CC BY lets you borrow footage from others and use it in your own videos (note: “others” refers to anyone that has given permission by displaying a Creative Commons Attribution license).  When using someone else’s work the CC BY license requires that you give credit to the original creator.

Check out the video below to find out more:

If you want to jump on the Creative Commons bandwagon and make your videos available for others to use you can now set up your Upload Defaults so that new videos will automatically be uploaded with Creative Commons Attribution licenses.  Just choose ‘Creative Commons – Attribution’ from the dropdown menu (as in the image below).

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.