The Library of Congress (LC) has begun distributing portions of its vast audio and video collections—including 100-year-old films from the Thomas Edison studio—on YouTube and Apple’s iTunes.
...LC had already been distributing thousands of historic photographs on photo-sharing site Flickr as part of a two-year pilot project...
Now, the Library and every other government agency can use YouTube, Vimeo, and New York-based startup blip.tv to distribute video and audio. First-person accounts of slavery and interviews with notable authors are among the treasures now available on LC’s YouTube channel.
It's not an April's Fools joke, is it?
Nah. Here's the LOC press release (25 Mar 09).
Another significant development from LOC (here's an earlier one, as posted in this blog).