Global Consortium Forms Open Content Alliance

Oct 04, 2005

The Internet Archive, Yahoo! Inc., Adobe Systems Inc., the European Archive, HP Labs, the National Archives (UK), O'Reilly Media Inc., Prelinger Archives, the University of California, and the University of Toronto, have announced the formation of the Open Content Alliance (OCA), a global consortium focused on providing open access to content while respecting the rights of copyright holders. The OCA will provide a range of material including cultural, historical, and technological digitized print and multimedia content from libraries, archives, and publishers. Content will be hosted in a single, permanent repository and complete works will be searchable and downloadable for free by anyone.

Governed by its contributors, the OCA is designed to be a growing association that agrees to a set of openness principles. Initial content will be provided to the OCA by founding members including the University of California, the University of Toronto, the National Archives (UK), O'Reilly Media, Inc., and the European Archive. Adobe Systems Inc., HP Labs, and Yahoo! Inc., also founding members, will make technical and in certain cases financial contributions to allow content to be contributed, placed online and accessed by anyone. The OCA will include content ranging from historical works of fiction to children's books to highly specialized engineering whitepapers. In addition to hosting content and playing an administrative role, the Internet Archive will provide the OCA with material from its collections and it will also digitize content from contributors.

In order to respect the rights of copyright holders, content under copyright will be made available through the OCA only with the copyright holders' authorization. At the option of the copyright holder, copyrighted content may be distributed through a Creative Commons license. Content that is made available on the OCA Web site will be available in PDF and other formats. The OCA will be funded by its contributors and will also accept donations from global institutions including governments, commercial entities, and philanthropies.


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