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 @ 7:37am

    Re: Preservation is costly

    "The cost of preservation, rather than copyright issues, is likely the bigger problem."

    I wish people will stop being so bone headed.

    If you look at the Bible or any well preserved historical text do they ever preserve the original? No, the originals that were written are likely long lost in history. What we have is copies. Why try to figure out elaborate ways to preserve the originals for thousands of years when we can simply make copies from time to time and preserve the brand new copies. Only things etched on cave walls are preserved for a very long time.

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