Hello again, I’m Parker Higgins, of the Miro summer team. Today I’m unveiling two brand new channels to the Miro guide. Without further ado, I present Free Culture TV and Yes, We’re Open! Free Movies, Music Videos and TV.
The goal of these channels is to showcase interesting and entertaining material from all over the internet that’s been released under open licenses. Free Culture TV is more specialized, and will contain programming from the Free Culture movement: documentaries, lectures, or short films that address the struggle against a permissions-based society. Yes, We’re Open! will have all kinds of entertainment, from feature length movies to documentaries, shorts, music videos, and anything else you can imagine, all openly licensed.
So, what is open licensing? Open licensing is an alternative to the “all rights reserved” associated with copyright. When people assign an open license to their work, they are giving the public certain rights, like the freedom to copy and distribute, or to remix and mash up, depending on the terms of the license. One popular example are the Creative Commons licenses, which are applied to many of the videos in these channels.
I’m still working on uncovering the best streams of content, so if you know of any real gems, please drop me a line at parker[at]pculture[dot]org. You can subscribe in Miro by using the following links: