BBC Open News Archive
December 30, 2005 4:41 AM   Subscribe

BBC Open News Archive Eighty iconic news reports available in a variety of formats. Here is the full directory. For another example of the cool things Auntie as been offering lately, see the downloadable mp3 commentary for the Christmas episode of Doctor Who.
posted by feelinglistless (6 comments total)

 
Wow, very cool, especially the Creative Commons style license. I suspect that BBC News is opening its archives to the UK public means that those abroad may not get access to this. The sooner the BBC launches some kind of international internet license fee, the better.
posted by chill at 5:31 AM on December 30, 2005


Hmmm, it's closed to those outside the UK.
posted by scalz at 6:37 AM on December 30, 2005


It's a shame it's UK only, but understandable, I suppose. (How long before we have a subscription model for those outside the UK, I wonder?)

One thing of interest, is that in the Creative Archive (not 'Commons') license is the condition that "The Creative Archive content is made available to internet users for use within the UK."

Has anyone told the BBC how the intarweb works? How are people who use the licensed content supposed to enforce that rule - that only people in the the UK can use it?

"The Licensor hereby grants to You a Non-Commercial, No-Endorsement, payment-free, non-exclusive licence within the United Kingdom..." (From the full license.)

also ... "This Creative Archive Licence enables You to use and distribute Works within the UK in the ways and on the terms set out in this Licence."

Does this mean people can't put their modified stuff on the internet when it can be accessed from abroad? Does viewing the product constitute use? Do UK licensees have to institute Geo-IP filtering?

These questions seem a bit stupid, but they don't appear to be addressed in the FAQ.
posted by Blue Stone at 9:51 AM on December 30, 2005


You're right -- those questions do seem a bit stupid. If you can't abide by the license, don't use the material.
posted by jjg at 1:44 PM on December 30, 2005


Point is, if the media produced can't be 'distributed outside the UK', it can't be put on the internet without Geo-IP filtering on the host site, can it? Putting it on the internet is distributing it worldwide.

Please enlighten me as to how it can and still be within the terms of the license, oh wise and knowledgeable, jjg.
posted by Blue Stone at 4:29 PM on December 30, 2005


it can't be put on the internet without Geo-IP filtering on the host site, can it?

That's right. Again, if you don't have the means to abide by the license, don't use the material.
posted by jjg at 7:24 PM on December 30, 2005


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