BBC opens its archives

By Derek Sooman on
The BBC is to let folks who fancy themselves as future film producers or music video-makers to rip, mix and share clips from their archives. Clips from nearly 100 programmes are available, with no fee being charged as long as the clips are used for personal creative work.

The BBC said it hoped "to foster innovation" by letting viewers re-use its material for personal and educational purposes under the Creative Archive Licence, Radio 1 is launching the scheme with a competition to produce a music video. Clips are mostly a few minutes long. Listeners to both Radio 1 and 1Xtra are invited to edit the material and set it to three minutes of music.

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