Creative Commons

Creative Commons licences provide 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 and 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, please refer to our Terms of Service.

Because Creative Commons licences are for your original content, you cannot mark your video with the Creative Commons licence if there's a Content ID claim on it.

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

Note that you can only mark your uploaded video with a Creative Commons licence if it consists entirely of content that you can license under the CC BY licence. 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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