AP Archive Inks Deal with Democratic Voice of Burma for Archival Video Footage

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By: E&P Staff

AP Archive, the video footage collection of The Associated Press, has reached an agreement with independent, nonprofit Burmese media organization Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) to license DVB’s video coverage to third parties around the globe.

Through this agreement, AP Archive becomes the only international news agency with the rights to sell DVB’s archival video footage of Burma from the past five years. The footage is of interest because Burma is gearing up to hold general elections in November for the first time in 20 years, and the footage includes coverage of recent anti-government uprisings.

The archival footage includes anti-government protests, the destruction caused by Cyclone Nargis and its aftermath, and the continued detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Since the anti-government protests of 2007, there has been much international attention on this complex nation,” Alwyn Lindsey, AP’s director of international archives, said in a statement. “Democratic Voice of Burma produced strong video coverage of those events, and continues to do so, complementing AP’s own coverage.”

AP Archive already possesses a substantial amount of footage recorded by DVB, and will add to that collection with more video from DVB’s television archives.

The Archive is updated daily with global news coverage by AP Television News and also contains footage from its many content partners, among them ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and China State Television.

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