There is a wonderful realm on the internet of Creative Commons content. I previously discussed how to properly source CC works, more centered around image attribution. But what about CC licensed videos – where do you find them?
Like any original work, as soon as it is created it falls under copyright protection. Then the creator can license it under CC, which it allows them to take control of how they share their work. Building your blog, amping up your site or adding veracity to an article can be helped by video content. Some of your favorite video sites may already include the big names such as YouTube and Vimeo. There is plenty of content literally at your fingertips under the CC license.
On Vimeo, there is a specific Creative Commons page where you can browse all the users that have shared their videos under CC licenses. They also sort into details from “Attribution Share Alike” to “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives.” This means the various ways and to what extent you can use the work.
Here is their breakdown on the differences in attribution for the videos:
YouTube is another favorite site that offers users a place to share their uploads under CC licensing. It has to be original work. Only those with accounts in good standing are eligible to add their work into the Creative Commons community. When searching for videos you can sort under “features” by creative commons so you are only shown applicable works.
There are also plenty of videos in the Public Domain. However, always remember that just because something is easily accessible on the web, it does not mean it is free to use. Always check the licensing and source it right. Follow the guidelines for proper attribution and multi-media filled content is literally just a click away from you.