Every time I download a digital copy of a record stored on FamilySearch, I think about how much money that saved me. Now I see that each image cost The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints / FamilySearch 10 cents. Free doesn't mean it didn't cost someone somewhere to make that available to me. From RootsTech I learned the LDS Church is preparing to provide stakes/congregations around the world with cameras so their members and volunteers can collect digital copies of local records. We have the plan for manpower to capture them. Now we just need the cameras!
The following is from LDS Philanthropies, a department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.