by Mike Masnick
Wed, Jun 30th 2010 5:48am
The Guardian has a fantastic article on a topic we've mentioned before, but haven't discussed in a while. It's about how copyright is getting in the way of us preserving our history. Archivists around the world are facing a massive problem: what should be easier due to new technologies has become an incredible legal nightmare. Digital content degrades quickly, and formats change all the time. Locking up that content, and using things like DRM (where it's illegal to even try to circumvent it) is making it impossible to do important archival activities. This is a huge problem that's only been getting worse -- so it's great to see a mainstream publication like The Guardian addressing it.
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