YouTube + Creative Commons
June 1, 2011 8:11 PM   Subscribe

YouTube to offer Creative Commons licencing along with easy ways to add CC content to videos through the YouTube video editor.
posted by The Devil Tesla (18 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Will you be able to download CC-licensed videos in full quality? If so, that's really cool. If not, it's still cool, but not really cool.
posted by roll truck roll at 8:25 PM on June 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's nice to see websites offering CC as a built-in option. For sites like MeFi, I have to manually mention the license in my profile page.
posted by stbalbach at 8:32 PM on June 1, 2011


Awesome. I know from being behind the scenes at Creative Commons, this was always a dream outcome, to have YouTube and/or Google adopt the licenses natively.
posted by mathowie at 8:58 PM on June 1, 2011


Welcome to the mainstream, CC. Free culture might start hitting a critical mass for video clips and I am so, so excited about that prospect.
posted by jaduncan at 10:08 PM on June 1, 2011


Limited number of licences (CC-BY) aside, this might build awareness of CC in particular, and copyright law in general. An unaware public is the main reason we're getting screwed by the big rights-holders, I think.
posted by Harald74 at 1:28 AM on June 2, 2011


Seconding Mr Truck Roll. Without the ability to get the whole original video, this is kind of useless.

Oh and speaking of Free Culture and YouTube, it'd also be really great if you didn't have to have (and be logged in to) a google account to use it. Want to use YouTube -> Logging in to Google -> My searches are trackable. Not awesome.
posted by DU at 2:50 AM on June 2, 2011


CC is nice but all I want from them is a way to set upload defaults for things like comments, voting, and video responses, so I don't have to change those damn things for every friggin' video of my kid I upload for family to see. Last thing I need is some moron making shitty comments under a video I want my grandmother to watch. Well, second to last ... Obv the LAST thing I want is non-free video hosting
posted by caution live frogs at 5:29 AM on June 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


If you already have a site, you can do self-hosted video. There are plenty of Flash and HTML players out there, many (most?) of which will even detect which one to serve to a given browser.
posted by DU at 6:39 AM on June 2, 2011


This is funny! CC is, in fact, a license based in and on copyright. For a CC license to have any meaning, users have to respect the copyright which is something Youtube hardly promotes. Maybe they are gonna come correct, but it seems doubtful considering past practice.
posted by three blind mice at 7:18 AM on June 2, 2011


Yay this is good. It's a shame it took Google this long.
posted by Nelson at 8:03 AM on June 2, 2011


For a CC license to have any meaning, users have to respect the copyright which is something Youtube hardly promotes.

This comment may have made sense a few years ago, but ever since being bought by Google YouTube has actually done a good job of responding to requests to take down copyrighted material. I actually think that YouTube does a very good job of balancing copyright and remix culture.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 8:06 AM on June 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


wow that took forever - good work for Mike and everybody at CC
posted by victors at 8:25 AM on June 2, 2011


CC is nice but all I want from them is a way to set upload defaults for things like comments, voting, and video responses, so I don't have to change those damn things for every friggin' video of my kid I upload for family to see. Last thing I need is some moron making shitty comments under a video I want my grandmother to watch.

You can do that using quietube! I found it when rummaging through my delicious bookmarks the other day, and it seems pretty ideal for this kind of thing. I agree, YT comments can ruin the 'I'd love to pass this on!' sentiment pretty quickly.
posted by librarylis at 8:59 AM on June 2, 2011


It’s spelled “licensing” in all three English conventions.
posted by joeclark at 9:17 AM on June 2, 2011


Spelling is hardeded
posted by The Devil Tesla at 9:34 AM on June 2, 2011


Quietube only works for your computer, it won't change the default settings that everyone else will see on YouTube. Most video traffic arrives via search so if you want to turn off comments etc you have to do it using the YouTube video settings.

Vimeo will allow you to set preferences for all your videos in one place which is a lot easier (and they've had CC attribution for a while).
posted by Lanark at 11:16 AM on June 2, 2011


So for now it's not about downloading but about remixing.

Go to http://www.youtube.com/editor and click on the CC tab and every CC video on YouTube is now searchable and can be used in the online editor.

I have no idea what future plans are with respect to download options.
posted by wildcrdj at 3:27 PM on June 2, 2011


More CC on YouTube info
posted by wildcrdj at 3:28 PM on June 2, 2011


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