They’re doing it! Yay!
No DRM. The Creative Archive licence is permissive; it allows remixes, sharing, and so on. It’s very Creative-Commons-ish, with a couple of exceptions: there’s a “no endorsement and no derogatory use” clause, and a “UK only” bit. I can see the point on the no endorsement part; no derogatory use is also fine with me, assuming that “things the Beeb don’t agree with” doesn’t count as “derogatory“, but they’ve said “treat others and their work in the way that you’d expect them to treat you and your work…with respect!“, so it doesn’t look like it.
The UK-only thing…well, tough shit on the rest of the world, really. When the Yanks who will inevitably complain about this start getting my town into Google Maps, I’ll start giving a toss. The BBC is ours. It’s one of the greatest things there is about this little island I live on (the NHS is another), and we pay for it. So if it’s limited to us…unlucky the world, I say. Ha! I love the Beeb. Love it.
It’s a bit worrying that it says this site will keep you informed of where we have got to and how we are addressing the complexities of clearing copyright, digitising and making available some of the great factual material stored in the BBC’s archive , mind. What about all the non-factual material? I hope it doesn’t just become a way to download worthy documentaries for free but none of the good stuff.
So, gang, when it comes out, grab that content and (this is the important bit) do something cool with it. So the BBC Board of Governors see that people aren’t just looking to leech free stuff, but instead want it because it makes their lives better. I’d like to incorporate some of the music into LugRadio but I think that our CC licence won’t permit it, since we have a No Derivative Works clause. Maybe we should look at changing that? LugRadio listeners can vote on whether we should change or not although we don’t promise to actually do it.
Update: it occurred to me on the train that Top Gear is a “factual programme“. Wicked.