Something nobody seems to think about that much. What does the copyright holder gain, when his copyrighted piece of works simply disappears in oblivion. Isn’t that kind of physical death (films rotting away, VHS cassettes too old to be viewed) worse than if the movie is kept alive by people who love the artwork? Thanks Kevin Marks:
What is happening is that the edge culture, the long tail, is spreading a bigger footprint, while the locked-up media from the centre is shrinking it context. My cousin Robert does video restoration for the BBC, and often relies on discovered amateur recordings to reconstruct destroyed recordings.
So how do we help this? Tagging, citing and annotating are already working for text and pictures, lets do this for audio and video too.