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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2010 @ 7:55am

    Re: Re: The economics don't favor it

    "Film restoration"

    If the film weren't so old there would be no need for film restoration. If people were allowed to make copies of the film a long time ago we (ie: theaters that owned the film) could have more easily made newer copies of the older film a long time ago before the originals deteriorated. Industries could have later much more easily arisen to convert it to VHS and sold those VHS tapes for a profit. Now that the film is so old and no one was allowed to make copies of it a long time ago we must now work on restoration of the originals.

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