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Vimeo Adds Creative Commons Licensing

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Online video sharing site Vimeo (s IACI) has teamed up with Creative Commons to allow users to easily add licensing and define usage rights for videos they upload to the site. Beginning later today, Vimeo users will be able to apply Creative Commons licenses so that others can use, perform, distribute or make derivative works from their original works.

Creative Commons offers six different free licenses, depending on what rights uploaders want to offer to other users. They can offer those video files with attribution, with share-alike attribution, with attribution but no derivatives, and non-commercial, non-commercial share-alike, and non-commercial no-derivative licenses.

When viewers watch videos that appear on Vimeo, those that are protected by Creative Commons licenses will have those licenses clearly marked in the video information section, along with the file type, file size, length of the video and upload date.

Early last year, YouTube (s GOOG) announced that it was testing the ability of certain partners to add downloads and Creative Commons licenses to their videos, rolling the program out with university partners like Stanford, Duke, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UCTV. But Vimeo’s licenses will be available to all its users beginning later today.

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