I have been thinking about mirroring some YouTube videos licensed under creative commons onto PeerTube instances,. My goal is to hopefully reduce the need to use YouTube for some YouTube channels.

There is actually a lot of good content under creative commons on YouTube. MinuteEarth is one example off the top of my head. Some universities (like UBC in Canada) also release some of their course material under such a license.

I’m pretty sure it would be perfectly legal and ethical since creative commons definitely allows redistribution, and since PeerTube channels make no ad revenue, even mirroring of non-commercial (NC) content would be okay. I’m not a lawyer and this isn’t legal advice though, and please correct me if I’m wrong on any of this.

What are your thoughts? Is this something I should look into doing?

Dreeg Ocedam

You should probably try to reach out to the creators first. Some might decide to do it themselves and if they promote their channel/instances it would be amazing for the fediverse!


Good idea!

Dreeg Ocedam

Can you keep me up to date on what this leads to ?


I had no idea MinuteEarth has a CC licence, that’s cool! I personnaly have uploaded Unicorn Riot and Pouhiou from YouTube. With the import feature you don’t even have to download the video, it’s pretty easy. You can even change the ownership of the channel over to them if one day they want it too.

There is an instance that is all about Creative Commons run by @deadsuperhero@lemmy.ml I believe.

Edit: I was curious so I went to check out MinuteEarth and I can’t see anything about a CC licence. There is a section in their FAQ about licencing the video for non-profits however that seems quite limited. May I ask where did you find out it was a creative commons licence ?


I think this is an awesome idea if you’re able to cover the bandwidth needed.

If you decide to do this please share a link :)


It’s a great idea if you think you have the resources. Video hosting isn’t super cheap though.


I’m pretty sure it would be perfectly legal and ethical

Why wouldn’t it be? If the CC license is permissive then why not?

I think it’s a great idea, is there a tool for this already?


cool idea


i say do it up. granted, i’m not a lawyer or anything like that.

A free software to take back control of your videos

Peertube is an open, federated alternative to Youtube without advertising or tracking. On this site, you can find a good Peertube instance, with good rules, good moderation and most importantly a friendly community.


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