Movie Industry

by Mike Masnick


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film, fungi



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 @ 8:19am

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    I think people talking about the costs are stating that while copyright is a problem, the cost of digitizing a large archive can be expensive in its own right. Basically think about scanning 200,000 badly degraded photos per film. Still copyright is often the blocking factor for films whose copyright holders are unknown/unreasonable.

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