posted on Jun, 27 2013 @ 10:57 PM
I never really gave it much thought before but film is in such a different category than other public domain works.
There aren't many surviving audio recordings from the 19th century and most songs have been replayed and rerecorded many times over, books are just
words and while we certainly do lose some to time they have shown to be amazingly resilient. But film is so different.. first of all the actual film
itself degrades fairly quickly and earlier transfer mediums were terribly low quality. I guess without financial motivation no one has really
attempted to fix film history so we can preserve it in the public domain. That's what I find so cool about this idea.
But who's going to do it for other films not just horror? I think one big online library for all public domain works should be made and then through
crowd sourcing everything could be touched up and reuploaded.
I guess people with money don't care too much about free stuff but it seems like all the news I have heard over the past 10 years about preserving
film in bunkers and stuff still has them out of reach for the public to access.
Anyone have any idea how expensive it would be to host terabytes upon terabytes of data? Probably more than mere advertising would cover right? I'm
stuck in brain storming mode now. Does anyone have any input on this?