Is Canada's NFB Film Library the Next Archives in Danger?

The Cinematical Indie BLOG has an article about NFB films that are deteriorating. I bet that if any remaining copyright in these films were dedicated to the public domain or openly licensed that organizations like could digitally preserve this important archive. Probably like what I'm told is true of a lot of Canadian creativity the material is long since "out of print" (unavailable and unmaintained) and yet not yet "out of copyright".

Creativity has a hierarchy: the vast majority is in the public domain, the next largest percentage is in copyright but unavailable (the antiquated concept of "out of print"), the next percentage is obscurely available, etc. Only a tiny proportion is commercially available and making money. While this last component is a tiny amount of human creativity, it is the only component that is considered by governments when revising copyright restrictions.