BBC’s nevermind

BBC’s nevermind
: Well, it seemed to good to be true. Now it appears it’s not true. Remember when the BBC was going to open up all its archives online? Well, Rafat Ali reports that they’re not doing that.

Firstly, right now the process is going through a jumble of lawyers, mainly due to copyright issues. It is likely to be in that stage for some time. Secondly, BBC will not open up all of its archives online…it says it will only open up content which is deemed to be otherwise unprofitable or non-commercial. Now who’s to decide that? Well presumably, another battery of lawyers and supposed independent firms like KPMG, for sure. For all you know, it might end up just being educational programs.

On another front, DRM issues will be a big hurdle…I asked Gambino about whether users outside of UK will be able to access Creative Archives, and she said they won’t.

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  • KMK

    P2P seems to still be going through the legal loop but B2B appears to be open for business. I have these links:
    and this little blurb for anyone interested in the licensing fees associated to the BBC:
    Notes to editors:
    BBC Worldwide Limited is the BBC’s commercial consumer arm, and a wholly owned subsidiary, of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company was formed in 1994 to develop a co-ordinated approach to the BBC’s commercial activities: television, channels, publishing, product licensing, Internet and interactive. BBC Worldwide exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence payer, and re-invest in public service programming. In 2002/2003 BBC Worldwide returned

  • Dark Avenger

    I wrote the BBC about 20 or 21 years ago, asking about getting a transcript of a program they did on Wittgenstein. I got back a letter saying that because of copyright issues, blah-blah-blah, they didn’t provide transcripts, etc. etc. etc.
    They’ve had this mindset where they have a hugh pile of wonderful programs, documentaries, etc. that they’ve been sitting on for ages, and they never thought about providing or had a mechanism for anyone outside the BBC to have access to them.
    This is like turning the QUEII around 180 degrees.
    If they’re serious about letting people get a hold of what is in their archives, it’ll take a long time to sort out how it’s going to happen.


    The BBC has, just as nearly all other TV broadcasters, cited copyright issues in relation to television programmes archives – who do you think pays the coffers of this corporation ? Not the lawyers, not the BBC staff, and definitely not the media – the public pay for their television licence each and every year for these programmes to be made, then the BBC says, due to copyright reasons, that these programmes can never be seen to anyone who has moved out of the UK.
    Take BBC Enterprise as well – it is being sold for $1.3B dollars and it is not going into the pockets of the paying viewers, but the coffers of the BBC and its staff – is this right or wrong to bypass the viewers with this money, or does the BBC want to give them free viewing for a few years as a sweetener to keep their mouths shut ?
    How many repeats are shown on BBC, along with cheap reality show programmes ? Does this justify the amount of TV licence money that is given to the BBC so that they can show up to 40% of repeats every month of the year ?
    Let the BBC show their appreciation to the viewers by giving them a cut of the money instead, since they paid for the corporations’ profitable rise, in and with, spinoff companies.