Creative Commons

Creative Commons licences give a standard way for content creators to grant someone else permission to use their work. YouTube allows creators to mark their videos with a Creative Commons CC BY licence.

If you've marked your video with a CC BY licence, you retain your copyright. Other creators get to reuse your work subject to the terms of the licence.

Creative Commons on YouTube

The ability to mark uploaded videos with a Creative Commons licence is available to all creators.

The standard YouTube licence remains the default setting for all uploads. To review the terms of the standard YouTube licence, refer to our Terms of Service.

Creative Commons licences can only be used on 100% original content. If there's a Content ID claim on your video, you cannot mark your video with the Creative Commons licence.

By marking your original video with a Creative Commons licence, you're granting the entire YouTube community the right to reuse and edit that video.

What's eligible for a Creative Commons licence?

You can only mark your uploaded video with a Creative Commons licence if it's all content that you can licence under the CC BY license. Some examples of such licensable content are:

  • Your originally created content
  • Other videos marked with a CC BY licence
  • Videos in the public domain
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