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Well, obviously a corporate owner of archival content has a fiduciary responsibility to its 
shareowners to responsibly preserve anything of present or potential market value. Beyond that it 
gets tougher. I think the grant marketplace can be an effective arbitor of value. If you can't get a 
grant to preserve it, it's probably not worth preserving (although it also could be inept grant 
applying). I certainly don't pretent to be a selector. I transfer and thus set in motion 
preservation of whatever comes through my studio with US dollars behind it. Deciding what comes in 
the door is up to others. Life being unfair and all, the rich guy can preserve his kids' awful piano 
recitals forever but some obscure metal part of some obscure but excellent/ground-breaking mid-30's 
country or blues band ends up in the landfill when the last member's last offspring dies in their 
sleep and the county auctioneer doesn't know what that metal "record" in the attic is. Tis been ever 
thus.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steven Smolian" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2007 7:05 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mass Digitization


> Not of much value to who?
>
> That, it seems, is the underlying issue.
>
> Steve Smolian
>