One thing that kept me away from YouTube was its licensing. We are living in 2011 and YouTube did not have any option of putting my video under any creative common licence. At the same time, unlike Flickr, I was not able to use videos available from YouTube for my work on pure CC basis.
This is going to change now. YouTube has announced the creation of a Creative Commons Library along with the option of tagging your video as creative commons attribution licence. According to the creative commons licence used by YouTube -- Others may copy, distribute and create derivative works from your video — but only if they give you credit. Your video will be available in the YouTube video editor.
This is good news for amateur film-makers as it will allow them to benefit from each other's work.
Now, you don't have to fly all the way to Garmisch to take a 10 second video to use in your film. You can take the video from the library and use it.
A YouTube blog explains it, "Maybe you were creating your own music video and needed an aerial video of Los Angeles at night to spice it up. Unless you had a helicopter, a pretty powerful camera and some fierce editing skills, this would have been a big challenge. Now, look no further than the Creative Commons library accessible through YouTube Video Editor to make this happen. Creative Commons provides a simple way to license and use creative works. "
You can visit youtube.com/editor and select the CC tab:
While uploading your video, you can now mark it as creative commons:
We at Muktware will release all our videos under creative common licence, we are also changing the licence of our vidoes to creative commons allowing anyone to use them.