Free as in speech

Fantastic news! Our correspondent writes that the BBC has decided to release the 2004 Reith Lectures in downloadable DRM-free mp3 – they should be available on the site tonight.

A great move, and hopefully the shape of things to come.

I wonder what the licence is, and whether derivative works from the lectures? The thought of DJ Dangermouse releasing ReithHop mash-ups might be an advance too far for Radio 4 stalwarts for now…

Ironically, the subect of this year’s lecture series given by playwright Wole Soyinka is “The Climate of Fear” – good to see Auntie (at least BBC Radio & Music Interactive… other recent news has not been as encouraging) bucking the trend.

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