Licenses and Usage: Full Guide

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Welcome to our guide on licensing and the usage of clips on Videvo.net. Below you will find all the information you need to ensure you are using clips from Videvo correctly.

Where can I find License and Author information for a clip?

License and usage information for each clip is displayed on the clip download page in the top section to the right-hand side of the video player. Please see the image below for reference:

The author information is displayed just below this.

The Difference Between License and Usage

In order to keep our users safe, we provide License and Usage guidance for every clip on Videvo.

The License defines what permissions you have in terms of editing the clip, whether you need to provide a credit, where you can publish the clip, etc. Usage dictates whether or not you may use the clip for commercial purposes to promote a product, brand, or service. If the usage states “All projects and media” you may use the clip for commercial purposes. If it states “Editorial Use Only”, you should not use the clip for commercial purposes. We will cover the topic of usage, both commercial and editorial in more detail later in this article.

Licenses:

There are 3 main types of License on Videvo.net, detailed below:


“Royalty Free License”:

  •     Download once and use in as many projects as you like
  •     You may edit the clip(s) in any way you like
  •     You are not required to credit the author of the clip(s)
  •     You may use and publish the clip(s) worldwide and on any platform, including web, broadcast, shows, theatre, apps, and games
  •     You may NOT redistribute the clip(s) in their original form (e.g. making the clip available as a stock clip for download on another website)

“Videvo Attribution License”:

  •     You may use the clip(s) for free and for perpetuity
  •     You must credit the author of the clip(s) in your production
  •     You may use and publish the clip(s) worldwide and on any platform, including web, broadcast, shows, theatre, apps, and games
  •     You may not redistribute the clip(s) in their original form (download and then re-upload the clip(s) elsewhere, e.g. torrent websites)

“Creative Commons 3.0 Unported (CC-BY)”:

  •     You may use the clip(s) for free and for perpetuity
  •     You must credit the author of the clip(s) in your production
  •     You may use and publish the clip(s) worldwide and on any platform, including web, broadcast, shows, theatre, apps, and games
  •     You may share, adapt, and redistribute the clip(s), but you may not sell the clip(s)

This is a rough overview of the CC 3.0 guidelines. For full information, read the CC 3.0 Guidelines here


“NASA License”:

Please refer to the guidelines for use of NASA imagery, located here


“Public Domain”:

The ‘Public Domain’ License covers clips hosted on the site that are in the public domain. Public domain clips by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service may be used “as long as there is no implied U.S. Government / U.S. Department of the Interior / Fish and Wildlife Service endorsement, promotion, or support of a particular organization, product, or position.”

For these clips, please give credit to: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center, Creative Imagery.

Read more about the public domain here.


“Videvo Standard License”:

This is a legacy license that is no longer used for licensing content on Videvo. However, if you downloaded a clip in the past under this license then the same terms of that license still apply.

This License stipulates that:

  •   You may use the clip(s) for free and for perpetuity
  •   You are not required to credit the author of the clip(s)
  •   You may use and publish the clip(s) worldwide and on any platform, including web, broadcast, shows, theatre, apps, and games
  •   You may not redistribute the clip(s) in their original form (download and then re-upload the clip(s) elsewhere, e.g. torrent websites)

Usage: Commercial Use or Editorial Use Only

As mentioned above, “Usage” defines whether a clip can be used for commercial purposes (all projects and media), or for editorial projects only (Editorial Use Only). On the clip download page, under “Usage” you will see one of two variations: “All projects and media” or “Editorial Use Only”. The screenshots below illustrate this:

Clips are normally marked as Editorial Use Only when they contain identifiable persons, private property that is the main focus of the shot, brands or logos that are the main focus of the shot, or artwork or copyrighted works. Without a release form from the person(s) appearing in the shot or the owner of the property, it is not possible to use the clip for commercial purposes. However, you may use the clip for editorial purposes.

Read our full guide on editorial use here.

Here are some useful guides on the topic of editorial images/videos and intellectual property:

The Nimia Guide on Editorial Documentaries
https://nimia.com/documentary-vs-commercial-requirements-for-legal-releases

Shutterstock’s Guide to Editorial Images:
https://www.shutterstock.com/blog/2010/05/editorial-vs-commercial-images/

Getty’s Intellectual Property Wiki Page:
http://wiki.gettyimages.com/


How Do I Credit the Author?

As detailed above, many clips on Videvo require that you provide a credit to the author. If the clip(s) you have download requires that you attribute/credit the author, you can do so either as an on-screen credit or in any documentation that is published alongside your finished video.

Example Credit:

If you have downloaded a clip created by the Author “Videvo” (us!) and it is licensed under the “Videvo Attribution License”, you must credit Videvo in your production, either in the video itself (for example in the end credits) or in text form published alongside the video (for example, in a YouTube description).

The format for the credit should be:

“Stock footage provided by Videvo, downloaded from www.videvo.net”

Crediting the author for Creative Commons 3.0 Clips:

Creative Commons outline their own guidelines on how to credit the author of media licensed under CC 3.0 (CC-BY). You can read the guidelines here: https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/License_Versions#Detailed_attribution_comparison_chart


This marks the end of our guidelines on licensing and usage for clips on Videvo. If you have any questions regarding licensing, usage or how to credit you can contact us at [email protected]

Last updated: 20th May 2020.