Learning patterns/Find free license videos on YouTube for Wikipedia

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Find free license videos on YouTube for Wikipedia
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problemPublishers on YouTube have the option of publishing their material under a CreativeCommons-Attribution 2.0 license.
solutionUse filtered search and https://tools.wmflabs.org/youtube-channel/
created on20:04, 10 September 2018 (UTC)

What problem does this solve?[edit]

Very few Wikipedia articles feature video material, though it's a nice addition to have. The world's biggest video platform, YouTube, does offer the possibility to publish material under a free license. This is a source of content that's currently underutilized.

What is the solution?[edit]

Filter options for search on YouTube
  • go to YouTube.com and put in a search term
  • click on 'Filter' at the top of the search results and select option 'Creative Commons' under the heading 'Features'
  • Go to the video2commons to transfer videos to Wikimedia Commons.
  • Consider looking further into the channel where you've found good footage, there might be more!
    • YouTube Channel-tool gives you an overview of the videos within a YouTube channel that have been published under a free license.
It also allows you to subscribe to the free license publication of a channel through an RSS feed.

Things to consider[edit]

There are a lot of users that upload content to YouTube that isn't their own and thus not theirs to license. Please use caution and commons sense.

Especially watch out for non-free licensed music being used, even on professional channels. Sometimes it's possible to cut out offending bits, consider clarifying this on the description page with the Edited Video template to aid in the license review process.

Videos that use non-free music or have authors read at length from their books may still be useful for screenshots.

When to use[edit]

  • Illustrating biographical Wikipedia articles with an image of the subject
  • Illustrating Wikipedia articles with videos


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