I need to get the word out about this, and I want to send my thanks and appreciation to James Paterson of the Australian Television Archive for allowing me to reproduce the material below. It appears the BBC and Top Gear have put to air material from the archive’s Youtube channel, and then had the gall to file a copyright infringement notice against THEM, claiming that THEY took the footage from the BBC and TOP GEAR! Are these guys serious or what?!? You have got to be kidding me!
The following is from James, of which it has been shared on other facebook pages and user profiles, as well as here, and I would strongly encourage you to head over to their facebook page, join up and give them your support. Do it now! Not tomorrow. Now.
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“INSANITY As BBC Worldwide/ Top Gear airs material sourced directly
from austvarchives youtube channel, then claims copyright infringement
In recent developments today, BBC Worldwide claimed copyright infringement against the Australian Television Archive, over its use of a number of classic australian 16mm Ford tv commercials claiming these clips were pirated directly from the Top Gear program.
Upon review it was revealed that BBC Worldwide / Top Gear had sourced the clips in question, from the Australian Television Archives actual film transfer/copy, by ripping the clip from the austvarchive youtube channel itself, or obtaining it through underground methods. Possibly to bypass the research and supply/transfer fees to source the clips officially through the archive.
This comes as yet another example of how program producers are increasingly employing this method of bypassing television archives in favour of sourcing material from youtube or other non broadcast means, thereby crippling specialised archives such as The Australian Television Archive.
This in the long term results in a loss to us all, the industry, the viewers, our culture and history, with only short term gain for the program producers.
As of today clips of the actual Top Gear airing of this commercial are still freely available on youtube, further illustrating the irony that they are appearing to target their footage source for the infringement.
The Australian Television Archive, is a specialised television and film archive based in Melbourne, Australia, offering a unique footage research and supply service as well as a range of archival film and video restoration and transfer services.