Google recently announced on January 6th during the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the planned opening of the Google Video Store, an open video marketplace enabling consumers "to buy and rent a wide range of video content from a major television network, a professional sports league, cable programmers, independent producers and film makers" (Link). Video producers can upload content and distribute it for free or at a fixed price and owners also have the choice to offer their content with or without copy protection.
Google's video collection will -- besides historic, news and educational footage from the ITN Archive -- also include clips from Getty Images' Archive Films Collection, the "diverse collection of short clips that capture personalities, moments and eras throughout history - selected from vintage newsreels and educational film, as well as contemporary news and events from around the world."
Footage.info adds that "the Google Video Store follows a path already trodden by iTunes who has partnered with NBC to offer classic material. Licensing issues preclude much of the material in both services from being downloaded internationally, with North American access being the number one business priority for both services."
More on Google Video in: "CES Day Four: Google Video, A Kinder, More Gentler DRM".
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