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 @ 1:43am

    Suzanne,

    If Dr. Schmidt's engineers were smart, they would have a solution to restoration of films about to enter the public domain. But they get paid by the US Government for driving around cities and making public what they choose or have a vested interest in.

    http://www.techdirt.com/article.php?sid=20100820/01492710699#c136

    They are focused on aligning ideas to people. Their answer to privacy is to whine to the courts and start over. Brilliant if you work in intelligence, Seems kinda weird if you work for anyone else.

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