The BBC today has flipped the switch on its Open News Archive – a free, public access to BBC news footage that can be downloaded (not streamed) in a variety of video formats for personal consumption, teaching, third-party media feeds, video mash-ups and other non-commercial applications.
Today, there are 80 clips available, with everything from the fall of the Berlin Wall to Pope John Paul II’s visit to England and the Piper Alpha oil disaster. More content will follow over time.
Content is made available under the Creative Archive Licence. In short, the Creative Archive Licence allows for non commercial use, share your works based on the content (again, non-commercial), content needs to be credited when used, content must not be used in a derogatory wa, and it is for use by UK-based users (and preferably ones who actually pay their TV licence fee).
The announcement of the Open News Archive is another positive move on the part fo the BBC, which also announced just before Christmas that it is extending its Interactive Media Player (IMP) trial by another three months. Similar to the Open News Archive, the IMP trial allows users to download complete BBC programmes right after transmission. The difference is that content is digital rights managed and self-destructs seven days after download in order to comply with contractual obligations regarding repeat fees and copyright ownership.
In all, an excellent move – and I for one look forward to seeing more current and archive BBC content made available to UK broadband users for download.