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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Just save it in an opensource patent free format. Our digital storage will grow so fast and will be so cheap that if you do this it becomes cheaper everyday to store everything(not to mention making copies). I have no clue how you can even think that physical copies are a good idea.

Hmm, let me think... how about media failure? The ability to edit information after the fact and thus change history? Even if the media lasted forever, there's no guarantee that in a thousand years we'd be able to read that specific type of digital media. Are some people really so obsessed with f/oss formats that they really can't think beyond them? For digital content, f/oss formats are absolutely what we should be doing! Having digital only archives though is a very bad idea. At least if you have both a digital and a physical you'll be able to tell if the digital version has been modified from the original. I don't even want to imagine what we'd learn about history now if the world powers at any given time had been able to alter information archives at will.

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