As announced today, media agency Pond5 launched an awesome Public Domain project here: More than 10,000 video clips, 65,000 photos as well as sound recordings with historic value will be searchable and usable for media clients from around the globe through this project.
The digitized content includes historic footage from the National Archives, NASA videos from rocket launches and the International Space Station and clips from the Olympic games 1952 in Helsinki. Audio recordings include speeches of Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy (including his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech) as well as full performances of composers like Beethoven or Chopin.
“For years, all of this amazing public domain content has been locked up and inaccessible to the average media maker,” said Pond5 cofounder and CEO Tom Bennett. “They deserve better. Our Public Domain Project empowers media makers to take advantage of this incredibly rich library that’s rightfully theirs.”
The company has not only digitized the historic content but also added the metadata needed to make the content searchable within their website. Pond5 also said that they’d broken down footage sequences into individual shots. All of the content is shareable and embeddable in social media and through the web, the company said.
All the 80,000 free media assets are available for download here. Please double-check if you are allowed to use this content according to the copyright laws in your country.
Pond5 has received a funding of $61 million last year, and is one of the biggest market players for royalty-free video content and growing in the still image market in recent years.