The Trouble With Digitizing History

From Fast Company: the trouble with digitizing history. All those years of copyright extension and other legal foolery has come back to bite us on the nose. “For all of Sound and Vision’s efforts, though, only 2.3% of its digitized archive is publicly available online. Schools and researchers are allowed to access 15% of the archive on Sound and Vision’s website. For the rest, Sound and Vision’s administrators have to ask the copyright holders’ permission to release their clips outside of the building. Frequently, it involves making calls to several people, and sometimes they say no.”

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