We all like receiving packages 📦 in the mail, but no one wants #YouTube knocking on their door 🚪 saying, “Copyright strike, special delivery!”
One of the ways to include copyrighted clips in your videos 📺 without getting a strike to your channel is by using Creative Commons licensed content.
What’s the big deal about copyright strikes, anyway?
Copyright strikes are a terrifying 😱 thing for YouTubers.
Well, once you receive 3️⃣ pending strikes, your channel will be terminated ☠️, all of your content will be removed, and you even lose the ability to start a new channel!
If this sounds bad 👎 to you (okay, it sounds bad to everyone), you may want to consider using Creative Commons as a safe way to find content for your videos without risking any copyright strikes YouTube.
What is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons is a Californian nonprofit that strives to help artists 👨🎨 share their work without losing copyrights.
By the same token, they also want to help other artists use original content without
getting sued for copyright infringement.
Honestly, I’m amazed that Creative Commons even exists, especially considering they don’t charge 💰 a dime for their service!
What is their service?
Upon its creation, Creative Commons hired lawyers to draft ✍️ six different types of licenses that could be accessed by creators who wanted to share their work on the Creative Commons system.
Creators can access these licenses by visiting creativecommons.org and answering a few questions to determine which license best suits them.
Once they’ve reviewed their license, creators can then tell the world 🌎 about it by publishing its name with their art.
For example, a video creator might want to put the name of their Creative Commons license in the description section of their videos.
How to find Creative Commons videos on YouTube
The easiest way to find Creative Commons licensed videos on YouTube is by using the search 🔎 bar to enter the name of a person or topic you want to feature in your content followed by a comma and “Creative Commons”, with no spaces between the commas.
Additionally, you could try typing 💬 your topic into the search bar, clicking 🖱️ the “Filter” button directly underneath, and then selecting “Creative Commons”.
This will provide you with a search result consisting only of Creative Commons licensed videos.
Believe it or not, you can find some amazing content this way!
How to use Creative Commons videos
Okay, so you’ve discovered a video clip you’d like to use, but before you jump in it’s important to make sure you follow the original creator’s terms and conditions 📝 for their video.
While you can be confident that any video designated as Creative Commons on YouTube can legally be reused, you have to be prepared for the possibility of conflict in the future ➡️.
Unfortunately, there’s always the chance that one day someone will accuse you of using their video clip in a way other than their intention at the time of licensing.
For example, if you were to use a clip for a commercial purpose such as an ad or infomercial, the creator could always come back claiming 🗯️ that their video was only designated for non-commercial uses.
Oftentimes in this situation, the creator will request that you remove ❌ your video from YouTube, or wherever it’s published.
As a result, I often advise my clients to use Creative Commons videos with the understanding that it could come back to haunt 👻 them.
That being said, conflicts with Creative Commons videos are uncommon (get it 😜?).
In fact, most artists who designate their videos as Creative Commons really don’t mind if it’s shared with anybody and everybody.
However, it’s important to understand that using these videos doesn’t give you an unfettered license to use them in any method, for any matter possible.
Finally, remember that all Creative Commons videos share the requirement of attribution.
In other words, if you use a Creative Commons clip in your own video, you must cite the original creator in the description.
You can find the required citation format here.
Be sure to carefully read through the original artist’s terms and conditions and properly attribute the video in your description section in order to protect 🛡️yourself from any legal issues in the future.