• YouTube provides millions of Creative Commons-licensed videos (among their billions of video collections). The key is filtering them to isolate the Creative Commons-licensed ones.
  • The filter sometimes renders incorrect results. That said, remember to double check the license setting of the video. Please also check to see if the video contains any illegal content, such as an unauthorized copy of a TV show.
  • If the video is CC licensed, you will see the “Remix this” video button. It takes you to the YouTube video editor that allows you to remix the content of the video and publish it.

License Setting

Most YouTube videos are released either under CC BY 3.0 or the Standard YouTube License. To learn how to check the license information of a YouTube Video, please see the directions below.

How to find a CC licensed video in YouTube:

First, go to and type in your search word. Once the videos appear, you can use the filter to identify the CC licensed ones.

 Youtube search

You have the option to choose “Save to Watch Later” or “Save to Playlist”. If you click directly on the video, it will run.

 Youtube save later feature

To see the video license information, click on the SHOW MORE option below the video. This will show you the Creative Commons Attribution license and/or and source videos used to create the presentation.

 Youtube creatives license

You will see the license notice with a link to the video editor.  The video is free to use in its current form.  In many cases, if you choose to edit the video, the publisher may ask that you purchase a copy. 

Youtube creatives license