This is the sort of thing I love. The BBC releasing video and assets under a Creative Commons license. It's one of the reasons I'm more than happy to pay my TV License (which really should change it's name as the BBC is much, much more than TV these days).

R&DTV comes as an edited 5 minute programme and also as a longer version and an 'asset bundle' which contains everything that didn't make the edit.

Imagine a future where you could download the assets of a TV programme like 'Planet Earth', remix and re-edit it, add subtitles for other languages and recut sections to be used in schools.

We pay for it, why can't we be allowed to 'own' it?

It would also help prevent the terrible situation where knowledge that is 'out of print' suddenly becomes unavailable.

For example – my brother (a teacher who really should write a blog) has a teaching resource book called 'Science Investigations – pack 1' edited by Richard Gott and Ken Foulds. Collins educational have let it drift out of print, and so my brother can't get hold of packs 2 and 3.

This means that the children that my brother teaches don't have access to something that my brother assures me is an excellent teaching resource.

If it is out of print and it wasn't making enough money to keep in print – why not put it up on a website somewhere so that it can be downloaded? Archive.org give free hosting for such things, so it would cost nothing, but would let people keep that knowledge alive. Downloading from Collins would also put Collins in that person's mind and so would have a 'relationship' with the publisher.

This is just one reason why I make everything that I do available under a Creative Commons license. Including my second book, and should I every get around to writing it – book three.

3 thoughts on “R&DTV”

  1. AND since it's a CC license, those of us who don't live in the UK can see it, too. I wish,wish,wish that we could watch stuff on iPlayer or 4OD, but those pesky licensing agreements don't allow it. I loved the bit on the BBC Micro. I had a model B and it was probably one of the best computers I've ever owned. I'm now happy to find a BBC-B emulator for the Mac, so I can play Elite and Manic Miner to my hearts content…

  2. I'd be quite happy to PAY for some of the content the BBC produce but never make properly available, like a lot of the schools stuff, they show it once a year, if you are lucky and if you miss it then tough!And yeh, Collins should make stuff that has gone out of print available for download, again, I'd happily pay a small download fee for good quality teaching aids like that, they cost an arm and a leg to buy in hard copy if you can track them down!

  3. In my usual cynical way, I have a theory about this. I may have heard it from someone else. It is built in obsolescence.They get more money from selling something new & shiny than from reissuing tried and tested ones. I am sure that the suit wearers at BeanCounter Central insist on it.

    On the positive side, it means that people who want to write new stuff may actually have a hope.

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