Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Oct 2010 13:53 UTC
Legal You think only "pirates" and "freeloaders" rail against current copyright laws? Well, think again - even the Library of Congress seemingly has had enough. The topic is recorded sound preservation, and in a 181-page in-depth study, the Library of Congress concludes that apart from technical difficulties, US copyright law makes it virtually impossible for anyone to perform any form of audio preservation. The painted picture is grim - very grim.
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Preserving digital content...
by Mage66 on Sat 9th Oct 2010 16:50 UTC
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A solution that is not seriously discussed, which I believe is trivially easy is having someone create software that would take any kind of file and convert it to a graphic format that could be printed out on acid-free, long life paper and then rescanned in later as needed.

It seems to me that paper is one of the longest lasting mediums next to stones. Just use Laser Printers or something more permanent as Ink jet ink fades or can run when wet.

Byte Magazine had something like this in the 90's that they supported. You could download the free software and scan in program listings or binaries that accompanied articles.

Once we get the legal things sorted out, this seems like the perfect solution to the short life span of CD-R/DVD-R media, and hard drive media.

If the format has error correction and is well documented, this also bypasses the obsolescence of storage media. I have old Fastback backups of my BBS from the 80's that I no longer have computers which can read them. as well as later Central Point Backups and even Iomega 20mb tapes.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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