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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    PRMan, 19 Feb 2014 @ 1:22pm

    Re: Re: Preservation is costly

    Exactly. We have copies of the New Testament from around 125 AD, less than 100 years after Jesus walked the earth.

    The Old Testament is longer, but there are manuscripts from around 1000 AD. Some parts can be found from around the time of Christ (interestingly with very few changes compared to the 1000 AD version, mostly musical instrument and animal names). But obviously, the point is very valid that it's easier to preserve through massive copying.

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