The Al Jazeera news network today made a bold and innovative world first – a Creative Commons repository of free news footage.
Through their fresh repository site http://cc.aljazeera.net global media makers now have access to both Arabic and English news coverage from Al Jazeera’s correspondent network. The timely site launched with a library of exclusive and scarce material from within the Gaza Strip.
The footage is available under the ‘Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution’ license which allows for commercial and non-commercial use.
Mohamed Nanabhay who heads New Media at Al Jazeera and launched the project stated, “As one of the only international broadcasters in Gaza, our coverage of the war has been unsurpassed. The launch of Al Jazeera’s Creative Commons Repository means that our Gaza footage will be made available under the most permissive Creative Commons license (CC-BY). With the flexibility of the license 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.”