Piracy Saves Another Lost Video

from the and-yet-again dept

We’ve talked about how “piracy” ended up saving the “lost” ending to the movie Little Shop of Horrors, and now it looks like something similar has happened over in the UK. As a bunch of readers have sent in, apparently the BBC, in an effort to save archival space, had gotten rid of some old television shows. In one case, the BBC had discarded both the color version of a show and the audio track, but the show’s presenter had made his own audio recordings and, when synched up with the TV show — and then colorized — the BBC could bring it back close to what it once was. Yet, as TorrentFreak notes, this was basically “pirated” audio. But, once again, such things are turning out to be quite useful as an alternative for storage.

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PaulT (profile) says:

Re: Piracy?

It was an unauthorised duplication of the show that was stored in violation of the relevant UK copyright law (which i believe only allows you to store a viodeo recording for 3 months).

Since it violated copyright, it was a “pirate” copy in the same way that the movie ripped from an internet stream is a “pirate” copy regardless of whether you upload it to someone else or not.

PaulT (profile) says:

Re: Re:

Yes, that’s right – a lot of classic BBC content was lost when they started recording over old shows (they didn’t foresee a market for such material until much later).

This isn’t a phenomenon just on tapes either – for example, F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu is only available today thanks to pirates (the legit copies were destroyed by Bram Stoker’s estate after a successful copyright lawsuit).

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