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The Recording Academy has been working on this for many years.

http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Foundation/Preservation/



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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dave Lewis
> Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2009 9:05 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Soapbox
> 
> This may cause some to wonder about my na´vete here; certainly it is
> well intentioned, and if anyone has reason to dismiss this suggestion
> altogether I would love some feedback to calm my mind. But I read today
> that Sony lost 95 percent of its profit margin last quarter. It comes
> on the heels of news from a friend of mine who worked as a retail rep
> for UMG for years and years, an integral part of their retail
> operation. He was let go Friday.
> 
> My feeling is that some within ARSC might want to begin discussing
> strategies to prevent, or at least combat, mass ditching of archival
> materials by such huge companies -- that are in possession of a large
> part of America's recorded heritage -- should they wind up on a
> receiver's index, or in a hostile takeover or cut-rate buyout,
> whatever. IASA needs to be involved as well, as many of the materials
> are vaulted over in Europe. We should have the attitude that if huge
> banks like Merrill Lynch aren't able to "stay in business forever,"
> then neither can these companies. Something to work on, discuss at this
> point. I just don't want to be kicking myself if word comes that when
> Sony spun off its music division that the new owner junked the metal
> masters belonging to RCA or some such, and we didn't try to provide
> safe haven for them in some way.
> 
> Uncle Dave Lewis
> Ann Arbor, MI