ArsTechnica has an article describing how current copyright laws are affecting the ability of libraries to keep copies of works. Many of the media we use are slowly being replaced by new and different media but the material is not being re-released. I wonder if some of us are going to turn to piracy as a way to keep beloved material around? How many people really care about Ernie Kovacs? Will the big-media companies keep his work around? The BBC famously destroyed hundreds of episodes of Dr. Who to make room in their vaults and those episodes are lost forever. Something needs to be done to fix copyright to allow archivists to make and keep copies.
If you are a publisher, please consider licensing more of your work under a creative commons license. You are doing your grandchildren a favor.