Starting at 9 pm PDT tonight, YouTube will make 10,000 Creative Commons videos available to anyone using YouTube’s video editor. Initially the Creative Commons library will be loaded with videos from C‑SPAN, Public.Resource.org, Voice of America, and Al Jazeera, and you can bet that more content providers will be added down the line.
This partnership will let video/filmmakers unleash their creativity and produce some extraordinary video remixes – à la Donald Discovers Glenn Beck – without running the risk of legal complications. And because the Creative Commons library will be stocked only with videos released under a less restrictive CC-BY license, the resulting remixes can have commercial ambitions. A boon for some.
Finally, we shouldn’t miss another important component of this partnership: Moving forward, any videomaker can release their own creative work under a CC license on YouTube. Fast forward 6 t0 18 months, and the Creative Commons library will be vast, and the remix opportunities, endless. A good day for open culture.