Abigail De Kosnik in Wired on Unofficial Recordings

18 Dec, 2018

Abigail De Kosnik in Wired on Unofficial Recordings

In Jesse Jarnow's piece for Wired titled "The Invisible Hit Parade: How Unofficial Recordings Have Flowered in the 21st Century," he quotes Abigal De Kosnik's work to support his article on artists in the modern age.

"Pirate archivists view official media preservation as a precarious business," says Abigail De Kosnik, author of Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom. "A very small percentage of television has ever been officially archived, a little more film has been saved—but still, just think of all of the amazing silent film that has been lost forever."

Though she acknowledges "many people who pirate media do it for convenience of access rather than preservation," she also notes that "pirate archivists certainly do not pirate because it is 'free,' they pay quite a bit of money for Virtual Private Networks and other types of masking technologies, they usually donate to the torrent trackers they use, and they pay a great deal for their high-capacity servers."

Read the full article here.