The BBC Creative Archive to be absolutely free

  TOPCAT® 21:00 24 Aug 03


'Greg Dyke, director general of the BBC, has announced plans to give the public full access to all the corporation's programme archives.
Mr Dyke said on Sunday that everyone would in future be able to download BBC radio and TV programmes from the internet....'

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How could such a move be possible with current copyright law, in all its formats, holding sway? TC.

  Magik ®© 21:34 24 Aug 03

while blair and his cronies hold the purse strings, he will no doubt want his share. but it does sound a very good idea...

  mistagf 21:50 24 Aug 03

Don't see a problem here!

Greg Dyke has said that the archive would be free to download ..."as long as it's not used for commercial purposes..."

After all the BBC hold the copyright to the material and we as licence payers will be able to share a truly unique resource.

Magik ®© - No doubt Blair has a pc available.

Past episodes of "Yes Minister" maybe?

  Belatucadrus 17:21 25 Aug 03

But this is only really of any use if you have broadband, maybe generous Greg will send out DVD copies at a nominal charge for those of us still cut off from the hi tech revolution.

  spikeychris 17:37 25 Aug 03

Great news. Don't forget though you have already paid for it..


  sil_ver 17:53 25 Aug 03

As I heard it you can download clips from progs, not progs.

  spikeychris 18:02 25 Aug 03

"Mr Dyke said on Sunday that everyone would in future be able to download BBC radio and TV programmes from the internet."

  -pops- 18:21 25 Aug 03

The "Creative" part of Creative Archive has not been defined. It could consist of anything from two second clips to whole 13 episode serials for all we know at present.

Even with current broadband speeds the downloaded picture will either be very small format or very poor quality if the download is to be completed within a reasonable time.

Regarding copyright, I asked the BBC about this at the launch of Radio 7. Their reponse was that they are quite happy about listeners and viewers recording BBC programs provided they are for their own use in private. This permission does not extend to films and other commercial items that the BBC may broadcast.

  TOPCAT® 20:35 25 Aug 03

Quote: '... has announced plans to give the public full access to all the corporation's programme archives...' I conclude from this statement that any and all full programmes will be available for downloading from the TV and radio archives. What a bonanza this will be for devotees of some really excellent material gathering dust in them. The 'Yes Minister/Prime Minister series rate very high in my book too mistagf. Excellent stuff, giving a not-too-far-from-the-truth insight into our corridors of power!! :o)

Opening up such a huge treasure trove of goodies to free access is bound to send shock-waves reverberating around the media world. How it will affect the DVD/CD programme sales at the BBC's own shop remains to be seen however.

As Belatucadrus rightly points out, those without broadband will be left out of it again, unless they have a particularly speedy dial-up service, the long time needed for downloading and no cut-offs after the usual 2 hours online from the user's ISP. So too is -pops- view on current broadband download speed. Maybe he and I will have to consider upgrading to a 2Mbs provider. The wife will be pleased about the extra cost!! :o( TC.

  spuds 20:35 25 Aug 03

If this happens, it will be great. Cannot wait to download the likes of Handcocks Half Hour or Around the Horn (;o))

  Belatucadrus 20:56 25 Aug 03

Did somebody say Goodies ? that'd be great Kitten Kong rules.

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