Brewster Kahle and the Internet Archive


Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger Scoble blogs that Brewster Kahle is his new geek hero. Brewster’s been a geek hero of mine for a while. There is something quite noble about making a bunch of money and then using some of that money to build the best non-copyright restricted digital media site on the internet and structuring it as a non-profit organization. It’s nice to see people give back.

For those of you who have not seen the Internet Archive, it is a legal digital media playground. Brewster provides free bandwidth and storage to people who would like to post their media in a public domain or creative commons environment. Brewster is featured on an IT Conversations podcast which I hadn’t been aware of but will definitely check out.

The site has some really great live music concerts from people like Jack Johnson, Ryan Adams, The Grateful Dead, Camper Van Beethoven, Billy Bragg, Soul Coughing, Del McCoury Band, The Gin Blossoms and many others. Looking for good free music that you don’t have to worry about in a spyware free environment, you’ve found the place.

The question for me is when will we see some enterprising developer write the first plug in for Media Center or TiVo that scrapes the Internet Archive and publishes the scrapped media to your “my music” or “my video” or “my pictures” screens.

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