How does Creative Commons Youtube work

YouTube licenses explained: Standard YouTube license
vs. Creative Commons (CC)

What is the standard YouTube license?

A standard license is approval from a competent authority to own or use something. With respect to the Internet, a standard license is permission to use, copy, and distribute certain content online. Google has its own set of rules for licenses for its video sharing platform YouTube, which we would like to introduce at this point.

When you upload a video to YouTube, you have two license options to choose from. The first option is the "Standard YouTube License", which means that you give up the broadcasting rights to YouTube. Essentially, it means that your video can only be accessed from YouTube. It may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without your consent. The second license type, Creative Commons, often abbreviated as CC, is presented below. You can find more information about YouTube licenses in our article on YouTube copyright.

What is the difference between a "Standard YouTube License" and a "Creative Commons"?

The main difference is that with a standard license nobody is allowed to use your video and reproduce it as their own work without specifying the original video. However, the creator of the original video has the right to refuse the further use of his work.

However, if Creative Commons is selected as the license type when uploading the video, the whole thing looks different. Videos uploaded with this license may be edited, changed and recombined. However, a link must be made to the original video. In addition, the author of the original video is not liable for any damage caused by the modified work.

3 frequently asked questions about the YouTube Standard license

  • 1. Is it illegal to share a video with your friends on Facebook with a standard YouTube license?
  • It is completely legitimate to share a video on social media like Facebook. Because if sharing is prohibited, the corresponding button for sharing on YouTube should not even be displayed. In the event that the share button was clicked, or the URL for the video was copied and pasted on social media, a link will be made to the original work containing the author's name. Therefore, in the process of sharing, nothing forbidden happens in any way.

  • 2. Can media companies (e.g. TV shows) show videos without the consent of the author?
  • Media companies are usually for-profit organizations and must also adhere to licensing agreements. In order to show a video, the company concerned must obtain the author's consent. This is especially the case if the author is using the standard YouTube license for his work.

  • 3. Can videos with a YouTube standard license be used for non-profit videos?
  • For videos with a standard YouTube license, the author of the original video always has the final say. In order to become the work for a not-for-profit video, the author may need to be convinced that the organization in question is not benefiting from the video. It is therefore advisable to always seek the consent of the author of the original video.

Check out the video below to see if you can legally use copyrighted music on your YouTube video.

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