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28 March 2012, 11:29

Australian Broadcasting Corporation releases footage under CC

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Australia's national public TV network, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), has released hundreds of audio, video and photographic items under the Creative Commons BY-SA licence to Wikimedia Commons. These materials are polished content and news broadcasts of significant historic events rather than random archival material or raw footage. Wikimedia explained that this is the first time a significant amount of ready-to-air broadcast footage has been given over to Wikimedia Commons.

Much of the footage has been released as part of the celebration of ABC's 80th birthday, but more materials will be made available via the ABC's Open Archives project. The content includes reports about the Apollo 11 moon landing, the floating of the Australian Dollar and a clip of Arthur C. Clarke "predicting the internet" and its impact on society in 1974.

This content and further releases from ABC can be downloaded from Wikimedia Commons and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 licence, which is the same licence that Wikipedia uses. This allows interested parties to use and remix the ABC footage and enables Wikipedia authors to include it in their articles.

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