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jason on 07/14/2010 at 09:00AM

Vimeo adds Creative Commons licensing // Share Alike mix

cover art to the Russian duo Monokle & Galun's new album In Frame (12rec), artwork by Brandi Strickland

Vimeo is increasingly becoming the go-to video hosting platform for independent producers. And as-of yesterday, Vimeo has incorporated Creative Commons licensing options to help producers share their work on their own terms. They're one step ahead of YouTube, who have been testing CC licensing (only available in their partners program) for over a year now (source). Community Director Dalas Verdugo writes on the Vimeo blog: "We think this is going to be a real step forward for the creative culture here on Vimeo, and we're just as excited to use these new options as we are to see what you guys do with your new SUPERPOWERS."

This also means that "Vimeons" who find Creative Commons music with a ShareAlike clause (like a lot of the music here on the FMA) can more clearly/easily abide by the terms of the license. Creative Commons developed the concept of "Share Alike" as a way for artists to "allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work" (via For producers who use Vimeo, this just got a lot easier.

To celebrate, I've made a mix of Summer Jams to Share, with all tracks pre-cleared for use in video projects under a Creative Commons license. Most of the tracks' licenses have a ShareAlike clause, some also have a NonCommercial clause, and all require Attribution. If you hear something in this mix (or elsewhere on the FMA) that you'd like to use in your own work, be sure to check the terms of the track's license (click the "i" or the name of the track to visit the Track Info Page). You can also find out more about each artist that way, like Bud Melvin the banjo-weilding chip musician, Volumina from Guadalajara, and Twin Sister the Long Island pop group who offer CC-licensed stems for all of their music. Please leave a comment so we can all see what you come up with!

One nice example of a Vimeo video made using music from the FMA after the jump, and if you want more CC music picked out with video producers in-mind, check out Bennett4Senate's Music to Sync series of mixes.

Un Ciel from Joel Aponte on Vimeo.

A test. Shot and Edited on June 4,2010.

Filmed with a Canon HV40 and edited on Vegas Pro 8. Basic Color Correction.

This video is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Puerto Rico License.

"Cinnamon" by That Thing Over There is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.



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