Wikinews:BBC collaboration discussion

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What is this?[edit]

The start of a collaboration proposal[edit]

Please edit this to make it better.

It has come to my attention that BBC News has a similar license to the one we use. I have also been told that BBC News uploads a lot of material to YouTube and such under their Creative Archive License which is very similar to our Creative Commons license. Now they do not issue all material under this license, only some. Their license, in a nutshell says that some material can be used under the conditions:

  1. Non-commercial.
  2. Share-Alike.
  3. Crediting (Attribution).
  4. No Endorsement and No derogatory use.
  • They also have a special Grant of License clause.
  • Why this is a good idea: Wikinews reporter Frankie Roberto last year wrote a full week of articles for Wikinews that were published on BBC news. [1][2] This is also a plus. At the bottom of the BBC article there is a box for people to email him with a story that they'd like him to follow up on. Perhaps we can get our main journalists featured on BBC, and have the box also.

This discussion is to discuss a proposal to write to BBC News and possibly try to set up a cross-collaboration on materials such as images and news reports. I think that if we can format a real good proposal and send it off to BBC News, we might have a shot of being able to use lots of material from them and vice versa.

This is only a brief write up of the proposal. Please add to it and discuss it. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 21:22, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Update: BBC now has a news tracker which aggregates news stories from any news sites. For more info see BBC links to other news sites


  • This is an excellent idea, imo. FellowWiki Newsie 21:24, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
  • The Non-commercial bit is a deal killer imo --Cspurrier 23:02, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
  • There license is not anything like the version of CC that we use, and in my opinion is not an acceptably free license (or Free at all). There license also does not meet the Free Content definition Bawolff 14:29, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
  • If not for the non-commercial bit, it would be great. -- Zanimum 17:25, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
  • It is interesting that you bring this up now, I just recently emailed Frankie to try and get some BBC contacts off him. No response. Anyway, BBC News and VOA are about the only 2 media outlets we could collaborate with; the EDP won't let us use their content unless they release it under a freer license. However, BBC America is supposedly planning a big push into the market to try and gain share. Jeremy Paxman is going to start working in the U.S., can we get him to stop off in New York and let David Shankbone interview him? --Brian McNeil / talk 09:22, 13 October 2007 (UTC)
    • BrianNewZealand, who is another OTRS volunteer, told me about a query in the press queue from the BBC. I spoke to Cary (User:Bastique) and requested access to the press queue, I don't know if I've been given that. If I have and there are no messages I have no way to tell. Brian, can you give me the ticket number so I can try and look? --Brian McNeil / talk 11:23, 6 November 2007 (UTC)