Rick Prelinger on 11 Jan 2001 16:36:57 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Internet Moving Images Archive

The Internet Moving Images Archive site is up and running (though, I hasten
to say, still under construction).

This resource contains high-quality digital video files representing
ephemeral (advertising, educational, industrial, documentary, amateur and
government) films relevant to the study of 20th-century American culture
and society, media and media production, communication, technology,
landscape, urban history, economics, political science, warfare, the New
Deal, and many other subject areas.

At present it contains approximately 360 out of a planned total of 1001
titles, all from Prelinger Archives.  All are available for free
downloading and reuse, with no restrictions other than that the films
cannot be resold or licensed by anyone in their entirety or as stock
footage.  Our intention is that these titles should circulate freely as
"open-source" content.

I encourage you to download this material for your own use and for the use
of your patrons.  I hope that easy access to these films will assist
scholars, mediamakers, teachers, students, exhibitors and members of the
general public in coming to terms with the complex and diverse audiovisual
history of the 20th century.

The digitized video files are in MPEG-2 format; see the site for
information on playback.  In the next few months they will also be
available in MPEG-4 for lower-bandwidth users.

Please visit the site at http://www.moviearchive.org/movie/index.html.
Shortly, the simplified URL will be http://www.moviearchive.org.

At the moment, the site does not work with Netscape, but we are working on
fixing this shortly.  It works fine with Opera and IE.

An article on the background and rationale for this project may be found at

The Internet Moving Images Archive is a project of the Internet Archive
(http://www.archive.org) in collaboration with Prelinger Archives.

With many thanks,

Rick Prelinger

Rick Prelinger
Prelinger Archives   http://www.prelinger.com
P.O. Box 590622, San Francisco, Calif. 94159-0622
+1 415 750-0445      Fax: +1 415 750-0607

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