And here I was, thinking that those "vaults" were dug deep into some mountain with constant temperature, far from any traffic, heavily guarded, under seven locks, behind fireproof doors.

Now I have an impression that I take better care of my "masters" than Universal ever did of theirs.
Do not forget, people around the world enjoy(ed) the music recorded on those masters. It is not only USA  that is at loss.
Absolutely, this is a worldwide loss, with amazing masters from musicians spanning the globe lost. My prior comment did not mean to imply otherwise, only to address the intrusion of politics into a music site in a way that might promote a bit of understanding given the likely sources of those comments. I am sorry for not being clearer. Music is a universal language.
So that was a bear I saw in that hat."

Hello nonoise,
     No, that was the pope just doing his business in the woods.

Times is good to line bird cages.....if news and intelligent commentary is what you want get the Wall St. Journal