Chris Byrne on Thu, 14 Apr 2005 16:21:05 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Creative Archive Licence

>From the BBC web site:

Online archive moves step closer

Free internet access to thousands of clips from public service radio and 
TV programmes is a step closer after the launch of the Creative Archive 
Licence. The BBC, Channel 4, the British Film Institute (BFI) and The Open 
University (OU) launched the scheme on Wednesday. It is the first stage of 
the Creative Archive initiative announced by former BBC director general 
Greg Dyke in 2003. Under the plans, the public will be able to "own" a 
copy of the clips and use them for their own creations.

Share knowledge

At the launch, the four partners in the Creative Archive Licence Group 
called for other media and arts organisations to join them. It is hoped 
the Creative Archive Licence will give media users legal access to 
material which they can use to express their creativity and share their 
knowledge. It will allow people to download and use footage and audio for 
non-commercial purposes, with each user agreeing to abide by the licence 
conditions before gaining access to any of the available material. The 
archive was set up after the BBC pledged to "help establish a common 
resource which will extend the public's access while protecting the 
commercial rights of intellectual property owners".

The Creative Archive Licence is inspired by the Creative Commons system - 
a flexible copyright arrangement pioneered in the US to stimulate 
creativity. The BBC will initially make footage from natural history and 
factual programmes available under the licence, while Channel 4 has 
commissioned a selection of content. The BFI will be releasing silent 
comedy, early literary adaptations, newsreel footage and archive footage 
of British cities in the early 20th century. The OU's pilot scheme will be 
making available video and audio teaching material from a range of genre 
including geography, science and history, as well as footage from the 
popular OU & BBC series Rough Science.

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Creative Archive Licence Group

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