The BBC have launched today their BBC Creative Archive License Group.
The Creative Archive Licence Group was formed on April 13th 2005 to promote the use of a single, shared user licence scheme for the downloading of moving images, audio and stills. The Group's legal framework is known as the Creative Archive Licence, and by sharing the same scheme we hope to make it easier for users to understand and to respect the framework.As I understand it the license is a derivative of the Creative Commons licensing scheme and while it claims to be for the whole of the UK, its terms are governed by the laws of England and Wales, with no specific provision for Scotland or Northern Ireland jurisdictions. License group members currently are the BBC, Channel 4, the Open University and the British Film Institute. There is not as yet any content licensed under the CA License.
During the pilot phase
This is however a significant milestone for the 'some rights reserved' movement and will drive creativity in the UK. Because the BBC is license fee funded they are releasing the content only to UK Internet users. They are not however using DRM (Digital Rights Management) technology on it, relying instead on a GeoIP solution to allow downloads from only UK hosts (and those smart enough to circumvent GeoIP restrictions)...
Posted by Paul in Intellectual Property Law at April 13, 2005 05:11 PM