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 @ 8:24am

    Re: Re: Preservation is costly

    My guess is that when people say preservation, they really do mean making copies rather than making the original print last until the end of time (minus a day of course). Either they make another film copy or a digital scan, but either way it's a copy. The big difference between this and your ordinary digital copying is that copying an old piece of film to a digital image is time consuming and expensive, whereas digital copying is easily accomplished in minutes by practically anyone.

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