In order to “consolidate an audience for open movies, a first step in addressing the yawning gap in distribution and marketing for open, even where open production is feasible” the best copies (inclusive of encodings, translations/translatable, provenance info) must be discoverable in one place.
As a first step, please help build a list in this topic. I want to know about any video that is both premium and libre.
The term “premium video” is taken from the (mistaken) justification to add DRM to HTML5, and refers to both feature-length films and TV-style series. Initially, let’s be liberal in interpreting whether a video or series is “premium”.
The term “libre” means the video is free and open per the Definition of Free Cultural Works and the Open Definition. Let’s initially be strict about these definitions’ required permissions, but ignore the issue of available formats and modifiable forms for now.
As an example, would TED Talks be considered a premium quality series if they were not disqualified as available only under non-free/open terms? Other edutainment and even academic material may qualify. For example should Berkman Center lectures (the videos on their YouTube channel that are about an hour long) marked as released under an attribution-only license fall within scope of PAL Video?
Let’s skip for now films that are only clearly public domain in the U.S.
What about videos that rely on copyright exceptions and limitations like fair use? Include but note as such.
Reply to this message with your suggestions. Some places to look for candidate videos include:
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_open-source_films (excluding the ones under an “NC” or “ND” license, which don’t actually qualify as open)
- https://archive.org/details/feature_films (but note many of these are public domain in the U.S. only)
- https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=EXAMPLE&filters=creativecommons (or select “creative commons” in combination with other filters in YT search; results will be marked as CC-BY but require further vetting)
- https://vimeo.com/creativecommons/cc0 and https://vimeo.com/creativecommons/by and https://vimeo.com/creativecommons/by-sa
- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Videos or higher probability in https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Featured_videos or https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Media_of_the_day
List of PAL video
Bergensbanen: 7.5 hour documentary “showing every minute of the scenic train ride between Bergen on the Norwegian west coast, crossing the mountains to the capital of Oslo.” 2009. CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Recetas municipales. Una conversación sobre el cuidado de las ciudades: 28 minute documentary. 2015. CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Sita Sings the Blues: Animated adaptation of the Ramayana. 82 minutes. 2008. CC0-1.0 (some music restricted).
Valkaama Drama about families negatively impacted by a poetry cult leader and father. 93 minutes. 2009. CC-BY-SA-3.0.
BBS: The Documentary: 8 episode series documenting “the subculture born from the creation of the bulletin board system (BBS) filmed by computer historian Jason Scott Sadofsky of textfiles.com.” 300 minutes total. 2005. CC-BY-SA-2.0.
Blender short movies: 10 shorts, with 1 more in development. 77 minutes total. 2006-present. CC-BY.
Exposing the Invisible: 3 episode investigative journalism series. 80 minutes total. 2013. CC-BY-SA-3.0.
The Hill Productions: 9 approximately hour long extreme cinéma vérité films available online, with several more not yet available or in production. 2009-present. CC-BY-3.0.
The Beautiful Queen Marya Morevna: 1 episode released. 12 minutes. CC-BY-SA-4.0.
Orang-U: 1 film released. 47 minutes. CC-BY-SA-4.0.
Pepper & Carrot Motion Comic: 1 episode released: 7 minutes. CC-BY-SA-4.0.
VlogBrothers: Over 1300 short episodes. Over 3900 minutes total. 2007-present. CC-BY-3.0.
Your Face Is A Saxophone: 2 episode animated series, 50 minutes total. 2011? CC0.
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