Film Archives Being Eaten Away; Would Be Nice If People Could Make Copies To Preserve

from the but-would-that-be-'theft'? dept

Sneeje points us to a recent BBC article about how many old films are being literally eaten up by fungus, such that important elements of our history are being deleted via the "archival" process. Of course, if this content was digitized and allowed to be shared, this wouldn't be a problem, as there would be more and more copies available, rather than relying on a single point of failure made up of film with a gel coating that happens to be "ideal food for fungi like Aspergillus and Penicillium."

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2010 @ 12:38am

    Why doesn't Google do this?

    Let's face it, deliberate destruction is something in your head.

    I can't see this being true unless your desire is to actually destroy the British film archives in favor of American Capitalistic ideologies. Then, I could see not a conspiracy theory, but a weird series of events.

    Didn't copyright originate in Brittan? Sad series of events indeed. Why hasn't Google catalaogued these films? With their amazing ability to troll (err, I meant collect) these archives, I would assume they would resonate with their goal to invade home privacy while also cataloging the world's information.

    They should have Google Burgers for everyone.

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