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June 12, 2003

Copyright is Killing Old Films

How's this for a system. Absentee owners let their unique cultural property rot, while the law prevents other people from saving the property from destruction.

This is the situation with old movies which are decaying, even as preservationists are preventing from restoring them and bringing them to the public.

A group of movie archivists, preservationists and creators are lobbying Congress to save Orphan Films. You can see their media relase. This is an offshort of the effort by Lawrence Lessig and others involved in the Eldred Supreme Court case.

Posted by Nathan at June 12, 2003 10:39 AM