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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    PaulT (profile), 16 Sep 2010 @ 4:20am

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again - just look as Nosferatu vs. London After Midnight. The former only exists thanks to film pirates, is constant seller, and has been the inspiration for many new works including a remake and a fictionalised "behind the scenes" movie (Shadow Of The Vampire) that garnered an Oscar nomination. The latter is lost to history thanks to aggressive copyright enforcement and a tragic accident that means that while Lon Chaney's makeup design for the movie is iconic, nobody in the modern era has seen it.

    If you can't see the problem here, you're a drooling moron who has no business living in modern society, let alone making rules for it.

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