Miro is built by the Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF), a 501c3 non-profit based in Worcester, Massachusetts in the United States.
Miro is free, open-source software, licensed under the GPL. Built on top of other open-source projects, Miro’s source code is open and free for public use.
Just as important as the openness of Miro’s code is the openness of the technical standards that it employs. RSS, BitTorrent, HTTP, HTML, and CSS are all open technologies that help Miro create a level playing field for video creators to distribute their work and for viewers to connect to any publisher in the world.
With closed, proprietary technologies there are gatekeepers who control who can publish and who can watch. Since RSS is free, public technology, publishers only need to create a single RSS feed to distribute their content to multiple platforms.
Because of this, video RSS is at the core of Miro’s client, allowing Miro to see if there are any new videos available and to begin a download.