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 @ 1:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Preservation is costly

    No, I'm not missing the point. There were also tons of home movies and cheap nickelodeon movies being made when the technology was introduced. Copies of those weren't made and saved either. It wasn't as if big studios locked up those movies. Most of the movies being made were treated as disposables.

    How many copies does anyone make of their own stuff? Before there were photocopy machines, how many people made duplicates of what they wrote and saved those? Most people haven't saved their own personal history, so much of it has been lost, too.

    When my father died, he had a lot of personal papers that might have been of interest to naval historians. But we didn't have the time or wherewithal to get them to an archivist. So they were destroyed. I know someone somewhere might have wanted them, but we didn't have the time to save them or a place to store them.

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