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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 @ 7:34am

    Re: The economics don't favor it

    This is an accurate statement.

    Film restoration, and scanning to a digital master easily runs into the 6 or 7 figures per film depending on the state of deterioration.

    x how many films? And maybe over the next 10 or 20 years they can make how much back? Pass.

    From an economic standpoint, it makes no sense. From a cultural standpoint, I'm in agreement it would be nice if they could be saved...

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