A Creative Commons license gives creators of any background a standardized way to give the public permission to use their creative work under copyright law. The license tells creators what they are able to use a previously published work for and how they can use it legally.  Below, we cover the licensing options available.  

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Creative Commons Licensing Options

The creative commons licenses allow for free distribution of copyrighted works, however there are several restrictions involved, depending on the type of license.
The creative commons licenses allow for free distribution of copyrighted works, however there are several restrictions involved, depending on the type of license.

There are many forms of Creative Commons licenses available. Licenses differ by a variety of combinations that alter the terms of delivery. Here are six different types, from the most to the least permissive:

  1. CC BY: This license lets people distribute, re-use, adapt, and expand on the content in any medium or format as long as credit is given to the author. This license permits commercial use.
  2. CC BY-SA: This license allows users to share, re-use, adapt and expand on the content in any medium or format as long as it is licensed to the author. The license allows commercial use. If you modify, adapt, or expand on the content, you will license the updated content under the same conditions.
  3. CC BY-NC: This license lets people distribute, re-use, modify and expand on the content in any medium or format for non-commercial purposes only, and only as long as it is credited to the author.
  4. CC BY-NC-SA: This license allows users to distribute, modify, adapt and expand on the content in any medium or format for non-commercial purposes only, and only as long as it is credited to the author. When you modify, adapt or expand on the content, you will license the updated content under the same conditions.
  5. CC BY-ND: This license allows people to copy and distribute the content in any medium or format in an unused format only, and only as long as the credit is given to the author. The license allows commercial use.
  6. CC BY-NC-ND: This license enables re-users to reproduce and distribute the content only in unadapted form, in any medium or format, for non-commercial purposes only, and only as long as the author is given the attribution.
There are several types of creative commons licenses which affect the terms of delivery.
There are several types of creative commons licenses which affect the terms of delivery.

Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication

CC0 (CC Zero)This is a digital dedication tool allowing authors to relinquish their copyright and put their works in the public domain worldwide. CC0 enables re-users to distribute, modify, adapt and expand on the content in any format or medium, without restrictions.  You can learn more about it at CreativeCommons.org.  

How to Pull Creative Commons License Clips with TubeSift

There are a few reasons you may want to pull a list of videos with the creative commons license for any given keyword.  This can be because you need a specific clip, such as from the news or a certain action, that you may not be normally able to find on a stock clip website.  

With TubeSift you can do an advanced search for YouTube videos with a creative commons license.  This search function can be found under the “License” field under Advanced Settings.  

You can use the Advanced Settings search feature to search for videos that are classified with the Creative Commons license.
You can use the Advanced Settings search feature to search for videos that are classified with the Creative Commons license.

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