Open Freely Available (and sometimes) Freely Usable Video

The EU screen website “aims to promote the use of television content to explore Europe’s rich and diverse cultural history. It will create access to over 30,000 items of programme content and information, and it will prove valuable to the widest range of cultural, educational and recreational users.”

All the video’s are posted under the terms of the broadcast companies that own the copyrights, but general intellectual property rights rule is ‘rights restricted and ‘free access’, a term that is not further precised.

On the blog of the website a great list of open, freely available and sometimes freely usable video resources is published. The blogpost titled The Open Video Landscape: 90+ Web Sources You Might Have Missed explains how you can find video’s that are licensed as Creative Commons, it lists resources where you can find Video footage for Remix and Reuse of different types: collections of public domain films, educational sites and community projects.

“As copyright is being challenged in all domains (see our expanding list on IPR issues), how is online video earmarked (or not) for reuse? Giant steps have been made this year for the Creative Commons movement, as video giants YouTube and Vimeo give producers the ability to attach CC licenses to the content they upload. But while search giants Google and Yahoo do allow you to search for CC-licensed materials on the web and in image searches, finding CC video is still a bit harder. EUscreen is exploring how archive content can be made accessible broadly, whilst recognising the intellectual property rights of that content.”

“As all listings of “free” content, we would like to open with a brief note about what “free” means, especially with regard to “openness”. Some makers decided their work should be as open as possible, and use open technologies such as open source production materials for viewing and editing for the creation of their works. Other works are becoming available in the public domain or have been made available under a free-to-share license. While every work on this list is yours to see, not everything is therefore automatically “open” – or yours to pick up.”

Posted on: Thursday, November 3, 2011 by: in category: cc / fal / public domain, Media archives, News