PBS gives away raw video footage for anyone to remix

You can download the raw footage for NOVA’s new documentary, released under a Creative Commons license that allows anyone to share or remix the footage, as long as it’s attributed and not for commercial purposes.

This experiment marks the first time we have ever made raw video available to the public, and we’re eager to see what you make from it. It’s because of viewers like you, as the saying goes, that we’re able to produce NOVA.
NOVA Tesla Roadster video screenshot

What if all public broadcasting material was released this way? Think of the great stuff people could create with Charlie Rose or Tavis Smiley footage, or the rest of the NOVA catalog. Or all those great NPR interviews?

It would cost money to maintain an archive, but not too much since online storage is getting very cheap, very quickly. This is doable, even on PBS’s budget.

If you’re not familiar with Creative Commons or question why you’d want to share your work, check out this fun primer featuring the White Stripes.

1 thought on “PBS gives away raw video footage for anyone to remix

  1. dig your point about Chuck Rose.
    Public broadcast needs to get down with CC/remixing. It’s audience is on its way to the shalom home and by connecting with younger peeps, the stuffy but promising business model could get some pep in its step.

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