Al Jazeera Network is to make some of its Arabic and English video footage freely available online for sharing and reuse by viewers and other broadcasters.
It is the world's first ever 'repository of broadcast-quality video footage' to be released under the most permissive licence available - the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution licence - which allows for both commercial and non-commercial use, a statement on the Creative Commons website said.
Starting with footage of events in Gaza, content will be free for downloading, sharing, remixing, subtitling and eventually rebroadcasting by users and TV stations across the world, as long as they acknowledge Al Jazeera as the source.
"With the flexibility of the licence [the most permissive Creative Commons licence], we expect to introduce our outstanding coverage to an even wider audience across the world. This means that news outlets, filmmakers and bloggers will be able to easily share, remix, and reuse our footage," Mohamed Nanabhay, head of new media at Al Jazeera, said in the release.
By providing a free resource for the world, 'the network is encouraging wider debate, and a richer understanding,' added Lawrence Lessig, founder of the Creative Commons organisation and professor of law at Stanford University, in the release
Free daily newsletter
- New report highlights the online harassment faced by women in journalism, and the lack of training on how to cope
- 'Shelter' around the world: Students from 22 universities team up for fifth Global News Relay to produce 7 hours of storytelling
- Why Al Jazeera taught young refugees how to tell their own stories in 360 degrees
- 'Stories affect us when we're out in the field' – Al Jazeera English interviewed its own reporters for an experimental podcast series
- The first podcast from Al Jazeera English used 'privileged access conversations' to take audiences beyond the story