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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    Suzanne Lainson (profile), 15 Sep 2010 @ 9:43am

    Re: Re: Re: Preservation is costly

    Yes. They aren't trying to save the original. The cost is in preserving the original enough to make a copy from it.

    Many of the old films were either recycled or allowed to deteriorate because no one saw the value in saving them. So now, in order to make copies, someone has to pay for the effort.

    There are groups saving old films, but they have to raise the money to do so.

    Multiple copies were made of the original films, but in many cases they have all been lost. Now there may be one copy left and if it is falling apart, it's an expensive proposition to save it enough to make more copies.

    I'm just pointing out that even without any copyright issues, you're still stuck with the same technological problems that there appears to be limited funds to deal with.

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