Not so long ago, a number of media companies were complaning about the BBC as unfair competition, as it’s governement funded. They’re going to be even more upset now.
bq.. The BBC is to to put “it’s entire radio and television archive online”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3177479.stm, free for everyone, as the BBC Creative Archive. The article is a little thin on how far back these archives go, but regardless, this in a giantic amount of data, and to see it go online, and open to the public is very cool.
p. Update: Danny O’Brien has “posted a stirring piece to his blog”:http://www.oblomovka.com/entries/2003/08/24#1061749500, explaining what makes this so darned cool. [Via “BoingBoing”:http://boingboing.net/]
Another great explanation at Hanging Day: “The BBC Creative Archive: what the Internet was invented for”:http://www.hangingday.co.uk/archives/000603.shtml.
The BBC has been “around since 1922”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1231593.stm. That’s more content than can be watched in a lifetime! “BBC Radio”:http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/ has been broadcasting online for quite a while now.
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*Update:* May 26 2004:
bq.. In a significant step forward towards the opening of a portion of the BBC’s archives, the BBC today made their intentions for the Creative Archives clearer to other UK broadcasters and public sector organisations. The Creative Archive, originally announced by Greg Dyke in 2003, plans to offer the British public free access to some of the BBC’s audio and video programming.
This afternoon the first meeting of an external consultative panel, which included many UK media holders, heard the BBC’s decision that it will base the Creative Archive usage licence on the Creative Commons (CC) model. This confirmation follows some speculation on the subject. The CC model turns copyright on its head by explaining the ways that the content can be used rather than saying it cannot – or Some Rights Reserved as they put it. By happy coincidence, ‘Creative Commons 2.0’:http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/4216 was released yesterday.
>> ‘BBC Creative Archive licensing to be based on Creative Commons’:http://digital-lifestyles.info/display_page.asp?section=distribution&id=1254 via ‘boingboing’:http://www.boingboing.net/2004/05/26/bbc_to_use_creative_.html and ‘Slashdot’:http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/26/180232