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The BBC Archives are collections documenting the 75 years of the United Kingdom's BBC's broadcasting history.

The archives were relaunched online in 2008 and have released new historical material regularly since then.

Creative Archive Licence

The Creative Archive Licence logo.

The BBC together with the British Film Institute, the Open University, Channel 4 and Teachers' TV formed a collaboration, the Creative Archive Licence Group, to create a copyright licence for the re-release of archived material.

The Licence was a trial launched in 2005 and was notable for the re-release of part of the BBC's news archives and natural history for creative use by the public The Creative Archive Licence is a copyright licence developed by the Creative Archive Licence Group, initially a collaboration of the British Broadcasting Corporation, British Film Institute, the Open University, Channel 4 and Teachers' TV. It has been used notably by the BBC to re-release part of its news archives for creative use by the public. While artists and teachers are encouraged to use the content to create works of their own, the terms of the licence are restrictive compared to other copyleft licences. Use of Creative Archive content for commercial, "endorsement, campaigning, defamatory or derogatory purposes" [1] is forbidden, any derivative works must be released under the same licence, and content may only be used within the UK.

Works released by the BBC under the licence were a part of a trial service that has now been withdrawn for review by the BBC Trust under the Public Value testing process. The Creative Archive trial ended in 2006.


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