As the BBC announces a "radical manifesto" for its future, heavy on digital Britain and "public value", I've come across a campaign for the BBC Creative Archive. So far the main action has been an open letter, urging that the archive should be: broad, accessible, free (for non-commercial use), whole (i.e. not just excerpts of material), soon, complete (i.e. including independently produced material commissioned by the BBC) and sustainable.
It's too late to sign up for the letter, but you can join a free mailing list to keep in touch. [Update, September 02005: This mailing list has now been superseded by the UK FreeCulture list.] There is also a project page at the Union for the Public Domain, with several links to features on the Creative Archive. See also my earlier posting on the archive.
The campaign has attracted many people concerned with promoting less restrictive copyright regulation, such as Cory Doctorow, who take heart from the BBC's adoption of Creative Commons licensing. In his Paid Content commentary on BBCi Rafat Ali characterises the campaign as foolhardy and liable to be undermined by lawyers — all the more reason to campaign?Posted by David Jennings in section(s) BBC, Cultural Calendar, Curatorial, Music and Multimedia on 29 June 02004 | TrackBack