If you create video content as part of your online publishing activities or you want to start, then you should check out the 4 million Creative Commons-licensed videos on YouTube. Last year, Creative Commons launched a video library on YouTube with approximately 1,000 videos. Now, the library is filled with 4 million videos that you can edit, re-use, and adapt to create your own videos. As long as you attribute the source of any video that you pulled content from, you’re good to go!

Since YouTube released its Video Editor tool, it’s easy for anyone to re-use and adapt the videos in the Creative Commons video library. It’s a great way to supplement your own video content and give your own content publishing a boost. For example, if you typically publish content about astronomy, you can find a professional video from the Creative Commons video library with images of the moon, planets, and so on, and then use those great images in your own video. Just be sure to credit the source of those images, and you’ve got an even better video without spending any money on additional imagery, editing services, and so on.

You can also add a Creative Commons license to your own YouTube videos so other people can re-use and adapt your content into their own work. Of course, this option isn’t right for all online publishers, but it can be a great way to help your content spread to a wider audience. Just be sure to use the CC BY license that grants anyone permission to use your video content as long as they credit you as the source.

Here’s a useful video about Creative Commons licenses in case you’re not familiar with them:

Have you tapped into the 4 million Creative Commons videos on YouTube to expand and enhance your own online video content yet? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.