Monday, June 8, 2015
Big Trouble with Newspaper Digitization
Unfortunately, it seems that one company that partnered with many newspapers to digitize and make available their historic news photograph archives will not be able to deliver on that. The bigger problem is that it currently has control of the physical archives of many, many newspapers. I sincerely hope that nothing is lost or destroyed during what looks like will be an acrimonious litigation process.
The Salt Lake Tribune has an article about the debacle because it is one of the newspapers whose archives is in limbo. Other newspapers listed by name in the article:
Contra Costa Times
El Paso Times
Los Angeles Daily News
New Haven Register
San Jose Mercury News
St. Paul Pioneer Press
An article from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette names these additional newspapers affected by the situation:
Alameda Times Star
East County Times
Hayward Daily Review
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Redland Daily Facts
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Whittier Daily News
And the Minneapolis Post (which has a little more background details in its coverage) includes the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age among newspapers from Australia and says that the archives of 72 New Zealand newspapers are part of the mess.
If I understand the articles correctly, with the American newspapers it seems to be photo archives, but the Australian and New Zealand newspapers surrendered the archival papers themselves. Many people are not willing to talk or give a lot of details, which is understandable, given that there are several active lawsuits.
As my friend Joe would say, "Bad, bad. Very bad."