An online initiative by British broadcasters to fuel the creative re-use of archived footage and sound launched today. The BBC, Channel 4, the British Film Institute (BFI) and the Open University have joined together to create the Creative Archive Licence.
The Creative Archive is a BBC led initiative to provide access to public service audio and video archives in a way that allows the British public to find, share, watch, listen and re-use the archive as a fuel for their own creative endeavours. In other words, you can rip, mix and share the BBC.
The 18 month pilot will test the concept of the Creative Archive with free content gradually introduced during the summer. Peer to peer (P2P) file sharing technology will deliver a sustainable method of distribution for large media files.
A technology called GEOIP filtering will ensure the BBC content will only be available to UK citizens.
News from the RSS feed: http://creativearchive.bbc.co.uk/news/index.xml
During the pilot, the BBC plans to make 100 hours of BBC content available to rip, mix and share under the Creative Archive Licence. The BBC will be doing this by running a series of campaigns on bbc.co.uk, each of which will give you the opportunity to download, view, edit and share some of programming output.
The British Film Institute will offer selected footage in a number of categories, including silent comedy, early literary adaptations, newsreel footage and archive footage of British cities in the early 20th century.
The Open University will release clips of natural features, such as aerial views of the Franz Josef glacier, and will continue to select new material during the life of the pilot.
Throughout 2005, Channel 4 will continue to help the UK’s untapped creative talent to get noticed.
4Docs, a brand new resource launching this spring for aspiring documentary film-makers that will include copyright-cleared stock footage for users to incorporate into their films.
The Creative Archive Licence is inspired by the Creative Commons, a US system which offers a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors and artists.