The BBC World Service is going to be doing a series of programmes on "Acoustic Ecology" soon, so they're setting up a site asking listeners to send in unique sounds which may be under threat. The licensing terms aren't as open as the freesound project, but it's still a nice idea (and the creators still retain copyright control of their recordings).
More about the project: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specialreports/2009/05/090519_save_our_sounds_diary.shtml
Upload files here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specialreports/saveoursounds/upload.shtm
Licensing terms here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/terms/
The BBC World Service is going to be doing a series of programmes on "Acoustic Ecology" soon, so they're setting up a site asking listeners to send in unique sounds which may be under threat.
Serious threat.... serious threat... That could be laughter, maybe? (because of the economy crisis, I mean). But I doubt such sounds would comply with BBC's conditions (e.g., # Contributions must be civil and tasteful...)
Anyway, welcome aboard.
ps, not trying to be hostile, I'm just pissed off about the reluctance of some people lately to credit freesounds. But we have all kind of spam here, why not BBC's? So let's be civil... and tasteful
Thanks for the mention on your site, much appreciated. With Save Our Sounds we really just want to get as many people involved as possible to create an audio map of the world and get people thinking about sounds. Our interactive map has just launched at www.bbcworldservice.com/saveoursounds and you can place your sounds on it using the uploader.
I'm sorry that you're unhappy with our T+Cs - they're standard terms that the BBC uses for all kinds of user-generated content, including sensitive content and live news. We want to be as open and relaxed about licensing for this project as possible. Save Our Sounds aims to build relationships with the acoustic ecology community and share the submissions. We've been talking to the British Library and will be offering our collection to their sound archive. Wouldn't it be great if we could find a way to work with you too?
I'm really excited about this project - I think it will be really good fun, I hope you'll join us. The more sound recordists who contribute the better it will be.
Are you on Twitter? I'm tweeting about the project as @bbc_sos - I'll certainly give your site a plug there, and I'll be writing a diary post on the main site about other good sound sources online and I'm more than happy to mention you there too.
Very best wishes,
I guess if everybody is aware of the T and C they can still join in but simply not contribute anything they wish to retain control of.
Hahaa.. I've not recorded that many sounds, but 99 percent of what I have done isn't important enough to me that I want to take any credit for it.
I'd prefer it if the T&Cs were better... On the other hand, your sound might be heard by a greater number of people - the last audience figures said 188 million! They will definitely credit you - see the map for the first examples - http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specialreports/saveoursounds/index.shtml