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BBC may sign up to Creative Commons

3 September 2004

The BBC’s forthcoming Creative Archive may use the innovative Creative Commons copyright licensing method, says Information World Review.

The Creative Archive will release part of the BBC’s huge back catalogue of factual TV content online, and is scheduled for launch this autumn. As a public service broadcaster the BBC has had to consider alternatives to conventional copyright licenses which would deny the public the use of material which has already been paid for through the public purse, via the UK’s license fee.

The Creative Commons license would allow the BBC to “make it clear what material is free, and what must be charged for”, said David Lawson of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. The BBC said they liked the ‘middle way to rights management’ that CC offered.

Endorsement by the BBC would offer the nascent Creative Commons license a huge and very public endorsement. The Open Source movement, on which the Creative Commons ideals are based, would also benefit.

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