By Jaap Blom

1574The article Accepting Exceptions – in issue #81 of the magazine DOX – shows the efforts of the EU to alleviate the strict copyright laws for documentary filmmakers by having issued a Green Paper on common legislation for the free movement of knowledge within the European market. The paper is modelled after the Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, which has been used in the US since 2005 and has been a great help for filmmakers. In the article Video Active and the European Film Gateway are mentioned as being good coalition partners backing up the goals mentioned in EU’s Green Paper; hopefully to become a White Paper in the near future.

efg_logoDiscussion of the article  “European Film Gateway: A Portal for Film Archives” on Ariadne by Sander Peek

The European Film Gateway (EFG) will enhance the use of the online-archive resources of European cinema. The portal will be linked with the server of the online library Europeana, which started in November 2008. As part of the eContentplus Programme, the European Commission aims to develop Europeana further by adding the cinematic archive. The EFG project started in September 2008. It will contain 700,000 digitised objects from a variety of film archives and cinematic institutions by the end of the project and is still under construction.
The EFG project resembles other projects of the EU commission to preserve footage of cultural importance. Video Active works in a similar fashion. The videos on VideoActive will be part of Europeana just like the films from the EFG project.
By combining the European Film Gateway portal with Europeana, the EU Commission hopes to attract a much wider audience to the service. By 2010, the library that contains European heritage such as paintings and literature, should hold over 10 million digital resources and items. At the moment Europeana contains around two million items.




125_917294_db1-cover2Johan Oomen has written an article about Video Active in a new Dutch journal, “Digitale Bibliotheek” (Digital Library). The journal focusses on issues concerning digital access to library and archive material and aims to be a platform for professionals in the field of information. The article gives an overview of the Video Active and describes the main technology behind Video Active. It also emphasis the unique position of the portal regarding interoperability and IPR issues.

book_cover31‘A European Television History’ is edited by Jonathan Bignell (University of Reading) and Andreas Fickers (University of Maastricht) and is a project by the European Television History Network. The book contains contributions from members of the network about the history of the medium in political, economic, cultural and ideological national contexts.

“With this collection, Bignell and Fickers bring together an outstanding team of scholars to draw together the best of existing and new scholarship in the field. This collection should inform all future studies of television, media history and, given the centrality of media to the formation of contemporary Europe, the study of European history as a whole.”
Sean Cubitt, Director of the Program in media and Communications, University of Melbourne

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