“The defendant may fancy himself an electronic Don Quixote, swaggering across the Internet, claiming the right to scan and sell whatever he pleases, as if he were challenging settled notions of copyright ownership for the good of the public. But he is just a rogue.” – Conde Nast-related memorandum of law, in the corporation’s case against against Blackmask–as quoted by Andrews Publications, now part of Westlaw.
The TeleRead take: No, I have not heard again from Blackmask proprietor David Moynihan, whom Conde Nast calls “David Leach.” That, in fact, is how a whois listing identifies the owner of blackmask.com. With “Leach” and piracy accusations in mind–as in to “leach” off copyright-holders?–are certain punsters in law school rooting for this case to be famous? I just wish the people involved would reach a compromise. As problematic as I consider David’s legal arguments despite my sympathy for the public domain, I miss Blackmask a lot.
Meanwhile I’m more curious than ever about the status of the Doc Savage and Shadow items listed with the World eBook Library and the Project Gutenberg Consortia Center. I found the following notice at the World eBook Library when searching for a Doc Savage title: “The eBook you are looking for has been temporar[il]y removed. This is due to current negotiations with Blackmask Online and Conde Nast Publications. We hope that this title will be [restored] shortly. The Shadow, The Avenger, and Doc Savage will be unavailable during this period.”
(Thanks, Jose, for the Andrews pointer.)