Al Jazeera Launches Creative Commons Repository

Al Jazeera Creative Commons RepositoryAl Jazeera is releasing 12 broadcast quality videos today shot in Gaza under Creative Commons’ least restrictive Attribution license. Each professionally recorded video has a detailed information page and is hosted on allowing for easy downloads of the original files and integration into Miro. The value of this footage is best described by an International Herald Tribune/New York Times article describing the release:

In a conflict where the Western news media have been largely prevented from reporting from Gaza because of restrictions imposed by the Israeli military, Al Jazeera has had a distinct advantage. It was already there.

More importantly, the permissive CC-BY license means that the footage can be used by anyone including, rival broadcasters, documentary makers, and bloggers, so long as Al Jazeera is credited.

There’s more information over at Al Jazeera’s CC repository, and in our press release. You can also add the Al Jazeera repository to your Miro feeds by clicking here.

7 thoughts on “Al Jazeera Launches Creative Commons Repository”

  1. Yes, even inflammatory political propaganda disguised as “reporting”, such as these clips posted by Al Jazeera, can be protected by CC license. It’s not the job of the CC to evaluate content, even when that content could contribute to widespread slaughter of innocent men, women, and children, caused directly or indirectly by extremist militants. But then, why does the CC need to take sides by declaring on its web site that this content is “valuable”?

  2. Yitzchak, thanks for the comment.

    A few things — “protected” is probably not the best way to think about what a CC license does, especially in this case where the most liberal CC license is being used. Unrestricted or freed would be more accurate ways to characterize what the license is doing.

    Regarding the substance of your comment, first we’re quoting the NYT, but more importantly, one can acknowledge the value of something without making a moral judgement or taking sides. In this particular case, Al Jazeera has exclusive footage, whatever one thinks of its bent. More important than its exclusive nature though, is that this is the next step in a very long term trend of decentralization of media. I encourage you to check out CC CEO Joi Ito’s post contextualizing this, see

    Finally, if another major news organization of whatever persuasion (say hypothetically Fox News) frees significant content in this manner, you can be sure that we’ll be saying it is important, valuable, and the like.

  3. Having this footage available this way means that those commenters who believe it is ‘inflammatory political propaganda disguised as “reporting”’ can challenge what Al Jazeera is saying and showing.

    It would be good if western television news outlets were as willing to allow that level of scrutiny of and access to their broadcast footage.

    Also, it’s worth watching some of the clips before deciding about the merits of this project.

  4. good1 jeff,i dont understand how raw video footage can be considered ‘inflammatory propaganda’.people in the US got 2 how these poor people r being subhumanized

  5. If that footage were as “inflammmatory” as is claimed by Yitzchak Gale, why haven’t we seen rioting such as occurred after the publishing of the infamous Mohammed cartoons. I’ve seen quite a few peacefull demonstrations in support of the Gazans, but no widespread rioting.

  6. Thank you for making this footage available. I edit speeches by people who present for Sabeel, a Christian liberation theology organization out of Jerusalem. I cannot afford to go and take my own footage or buy extra footage, so this is a God sent for me. I wish all our news outlets were as forthcoming. Thank you for your trust and willingness to share the story so many in America fail to ever hear or see.

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