If you don't already know about the Internet Archive, you should. This massive project based in San Francisco attempts to archive the entire Internet on a regular basis through its Wayback Machine
. This is not 100% successful, also webpages and entire sites can be excluded using the robots.txt exclusion protocol
, but along with the smaller but growing Project Gutenberg
, the Internet Archive is an international treasure.
The Internet Archive is constantly expanding: the Wayback Machine archives pages; the Archive and Project Gutenberg add publications; and others - including you - can add to it by opening an account and uploading, but be careful about copyright because sometimes they can be a bit finicky.
Their own latest contribution is TV News Search & Borrow
. US-oriented including Spanish broadcasts, it has what appear to be unusual terms and conditions. New programmes can be borrowed on DVD for a hefty fee, which indicates this is a service that will be used primarily by institutions. The Vanderbilt Television News Archive
is already offering a similar service.
It will probably be a while before the people running the Internet Archive realise that copyright is more trouble than it is worth
, but it already has tons of news programmes, documentaries and clips which can be found by a keyword search on its HomePage
The Internet Archive also has a massive Live Music Archive
, which at around 10.30 London time this morning boasted 106,898 items from 5,451 bands. Unlike the new TV news services, these won't cost you a cent, like all the other videos and audio recordings, books and magazines you can download from what is unquestionably the largest on-line collection in existence.