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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    Jon Lawrence (profile), 15 Sep 2010 @ 7:32am

    Re: Why copy if you can execute better?

    Haha! You just described 99% of network and cable produced content out there - and 99.999% of indie content.

    Too many "creative" folks don't care about execution, they care about "their vision" and never the two shall meet.

    We run into bad execution constraints every single day of production when we have not been properly funded, or cash flowed, or people add loads of new ideas, or change original ideas, at the last minute. This kind of decision making always has financial impacts, and in many cases, long term legal impacts as well (as in Conan).

    The only way around it A) to do everything by yourself and obsess on execution, or B) quit working with humans. ;)

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