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To our fellow filmmakers,

Thank you for being a part of NOVA's "Car of the Future" open content project, where you get to be the producer. Here, we give you access to raw footage from the making of our documentary so that you can create your own video or multimedia project about tomorrow's cars, environmental issues, or other related topics you care about. In exchange, we only ask that you stick to a couple of rules explained below.

This experiment marks the first time we have ever made raw video available to the public, and we're eager to see what you make from it. It's because of viewers like you, as the saying goes, that we're able to produce NOVA. In this age of new media we're pleased to be able to work more closely with you to make our programming more engaging and to be able to offer you more.

You can download our video clips and use them to create your own projects, provided you follow the guidelines of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported license. This means you can do pretty much whatever you want with our footage with just a couple of caveats:

  1. Any use of these clips must include attribution to the original source. We want people to know where this footage came from. In short, if you're going to create your own video or other work and plan to use some of our files, you must include a text reference to the source ( and a link back if possible.

  2. These clips are available free of charge to anyone for non-commercial purposes, so if you use them in any way—if, for example, they appear in a video you edit—you can't sell or license the video, the clips, or make money from it in any way, including promotion, advertising, or marketing.

  3. Our experts graciously agreed to allow their interviews to be used for this project. Please be respectful of this fact and don't take their words out of context, edit them so that they appear to be saying something they're not, or do anything to harm them or their reputation.

You may notice that we've also enabled open commenting on many pages of this site, including this one. That's because we want to make it as easy as possible for you to share your thoughts and ideas with others in an open setting. As with the content we're providing, we're counting on you to comment in a way that helps build a community.

NOVA has always been about curious people exploring interesting questions, and you, our audience, happen to be some of the most inquisitive people we know. We really want to see your videos when you're done, so please tell us what you did. We might even feature your project on our site.

Paula Apsell From all of us at NOVA, we hope that you find this a truly fun and educational experience.

Paula Apsell

Paula S. Apsell
Senior Executive Producer, NOVA

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