“The reason old films are dying, especially films from after 1923, is because of copyright term extensions. Thousands of films are turning into vinegary dust because the cost of finding the copyright holder exceeds the money likely to be made restoring it. If the old films had been allowed to fall into the public domain, they could be preserved – the only costs involved would be the preservation and the preservationist could sell
It is a crime.” (shelbysuncle on youtube). Very well said.