Digital Preservation

ABCNews has an interesting piece:

Will Digital Era mean End of History?

„We’ve got laws and policies working against our cultural heritage,“ says Kahle, the Internet archivist. „In this world where the copyright term lasts more than 100 years, which is far longer than the durability of electronic media — floppies, disk drives — how do libraries perform their traditional roles of preservation and access?“

In the past, Kahle and others argue, far-flung libraries could save copies of published material for posterity, and give the historical record a better chance of living into the future. But now, they say, publishers sometimes assert their copyrights, licensing access to their collections online but forbidding local storage of electronic matter. Some say that leaves the publisher, and nobody else, responsible for saving the historical record of their publications.