Post by Paul Vanezis on Feb 13, 2021 15:29:56 GMT
I think you have misunderstood what I was saying.
Kaleidoscope, the group of enthusiasts who track down lost TV is one thing. Separately there is Kaleidoscope Television Archives Limited, a registered plc with two directors, the aforementioned man and his wife. There is also Kaleidoscope DVD, the directors of which are Christopher Perry and a guy in the USA. The other companies that were started by Chris (Kaleidoscope Music Publishing Ltd. being one) were I think all dissolved by Companies House.
The point I was making is that if you are planning to donate material to Kaleidoscope, which of the two are you donating to? The group of enthusiasts or Chris Perry's private shebang? I mean, one is basically a private members club and the other is a private business. Neither are charitable concerns and never have been.
Bearing that in mind, it's difficult to see how Kaleidoscope is funded. Where for example are the million or so items in their collection stored and who pays for the storage? Is material just going from one dusty attic to a basement in a private home? These films that are bought from Ebay at (frankly) ridiculous prices; who actually does own them? Kaleidoscope the business or individuals who have stumped up the cash who just happen to be members? Is the material any safer in their hands than the private collector they bought it from?
I've seen some describe lost material donated to Kaleidoscope as "...returned to Kaleidoscope..." as if somehow material that was never theirs in the first place could manage than miracle. And what happens to this 'material' when it is donated? One colleague of mine refuses to deal with them anymore because a film print of a lost programme that he loaned to them, a film he only handed over because he was told that they wanted to make a copy for the copyright holders, was copied by them and then traded amongst some members of Kaleidoscope.
I think if you're planning to donate to any organisation, you should be careful and do your own research into them. What are they, how do they work and how do they plan to preserve the material? All important questions if your material is unique. You may then decide to donate whatever you have to an official archive such as the BFI or the BBC or the British Library where material will be properly preserved and hopefully made use of. You could even (shock, horror) donate the material to the organisations that own the copyright.