Images for the Future and the Open Video Conference

Open Video Conference

The Open Video Conference will be held on June 19 and 20 as NYU Law School. Eminent speakers will share their thoughts on the emerging open video movement. The impressive line-up includes: Matt Mason (author of The Pirate’s Dilemma), Yochai Benkler and Jonathan Zittrain (both Harvard Law School), Clay Shirky (, Xeni Jardin (Boing Boing), Peter Kaufman (Intelligent Television), Mike Hudack ( and Christopher Blizzard (Mozilla Corporation). Also, there is ample space in the schedule for demonstrations and round tables focusing on FLOSS software solutions.

From the conference announcement “When most folks think of “open,” they think of open source and open codecs. They’re right—but there’s more to Open Video than open codecs. Open Video is the growing movement for transparency, interoperability, and further decentralization in online video. These qualities provide more fertile ground for independent producers, bottom-up innovation, and greater protection for free speech online.”

Representatives of the Images for the Future project have initated ad Birds of a Feather session, focusing on audiovisual archives that are (planning to) offer parts of their collection online in order to encourage creative reuse of their content. It is scheduled for June 19, at 5:45 PM. The session will begin with elevator-pitches of initiatives from three continents: Open Images (Netherlands), Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository (Qatar) and Preserving Public Television – Channel 13 (US). The major part of the session will be reserved to exchange ideas between delegates. We would like to address issues such as:

  • what are the incentives for broadcasters adopt Creative Commons licences? How can archives support such a transition?
  • how can free access and revenue from footage sales be combined in a new economic eco-system for broadcasters? Which business models work?
  • how can we provide unified access to available resources available on heterogeneous platforms?

This session is bound to capture  valuable ideas for future distribution and use of our audiovisual heritage. Reports from this session will be placed on the Images for the Future Research Blog.

The programme features some initiatives that are closely linked to the central topic of the Birds of a Feather session. To name just a few:
- contains thousands of videos uploaded by Archive users ranging from classic films, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these are available for free download
- Uncensored Interview: an initiative making video interviews with musicians available for download under the Creative Commons attribution only license.
- Metavid: an archive of legislative video from the U.S. Congress, spanning from early 2006 to the present not subject to copyright protection.
- an open marketplace for stock video footage allowing producers to find and buy instantly downloadable, broadcast quality royalty-free footage for use in their productions.
- Kaltura Network: a large network of content, users, and services focused on collaborative rich-media creation, remixing, and distribution. The network offers re-mixable content all available under the Creative Commons BY-SA license.
- NRKbeta: Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK set up its own BitTorrent tracker to seed its content. The tracker is based on the same Open Tracker software that the Pirate Bay is based on, but it only tracks content from NRK.

The Open Video Conference is organized by the Participatory Culture Foundation, Yale Internet Society Project, Kaltura, iCommons, and the Open Video Alliance. Organizers the Audiovisual Archives Birds of a Feather session are listed below:

Maarten Brinkerink  – Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Paul Keller  – Knowledgeland, Creative Commons Netherlands
Mohamed Nanabhay – Al Jazeera
Johan Oomen – Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Nan Rubin – Channel 13
Jeff Ubois –

One Response to “Images for the Future and the Open Video Conference”

  1. Open Images » blog archive » Exclusive Preview at the Open Video Conference Says:

    [...] Today we’ll give an exclusive preview of the Open Images platform at the exiting Open Video Conference in New York City. This preview is part of the Birds of a Feather session on Audiovisual Archives we are co-hosting. Read more about this session here. [...]

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