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Film on Demand

Last week a report outlining the economic importance of the film industry in Holland was officially presented to government representative Boris van der Ham. The report, commissioned by Filmwereld , an association of filmmakers, theaters, rental stores and other distribution channels, shows a clear but grim picture: in 2005 the film industry lost over 10% (82 million Euro) in revenue through illegally downloaded films. With the report, the association asks for governmental support to help fight (...)
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Recent views in the ongoing copyright vs. open access debate

 - Copyright used to be a very specialized field of law, but over the last few years, it has become a highly political topic, where discussions routinely tend to include issues such as freedom (...)
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International Study on the Impact of Copyright Law on Digital Preservation

The Library of Congress has recently issued a joint report on digital preservation and copyright. This authoritative report was compiled by the National Digital Information and Infrastructure Preservation Program, and in cooperation with partners in Australia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. SURFfoundation is responsible for the Dutch contribution.
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German Federal Archive publishes photos on Wikipedia under Creative Commons license

On December 6th, the German Federal Archive and the online encyclopedia Wikipedia announced their cooperation in making publicly available 100,000 digitized images under Creative Commons licence (CC-BY-SA) in exchange for linking the photos to Wikipedia’s Persondata. A big step for opening up public content and data.
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The National Archive and Spaarnestad Photo release new photos on The Commons on Flickr

It has been a busy week here at the National Archive. On the 18th of December the National Archive and Spaarnestad Photo launched new photographs on The Commons on Flickr. This time the photographs related to various subjects. Firstly, as part of the National Archive’s Afscheid van Indië project (www.afscheidvanIndië.nl), The National Archive published some photographs of the Dutch East Indies on Flickr. Secondly, the National Archive also published a number of photographs by the famous Dutch p (...)
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Open Source Video Software: An Inventory

This is a post to circulate our current research on the availability of open source software for video. This inventory is the result of an ongoing effort at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision R&D Department at creating an insight in the current availability of open source software for video. The main reason for this research is the current development of Open Images, but it is also aimed at expanding our institutional knowledge and expertise, and to share this within research pro (...)