Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Slow Simmer

Well, this is an interesting development. We put issues of Ray Gun Revival on Scribd.com to increase visibility and readership. It's our right as copyright holders according to contract (thought I'd add that, you'll see why in a minute).

SFWA has decided to bury their nose in our business (I'm sure it's nothing personal, they're just anal this way) and have filed a copyright violation against some of our issues (not all of them, though, hello, if you're going to butt your nose into something, why not all the way, SFWA!), forcing Scribd to take them down while we counter-file.

SFWA needs get their creaky dinosaur bones moving and catch up to 21st Century publishing and copyright issues!

We aren't the only ones who feel this way either. SF author John Scalzi (if you haven't read his books yet, shame on you!) was a write-in candidate for President of SFWA.

Addendum: my fellow Overlord at RGR has a more detailed post on his blog:
SFWA Issues Misguided Takedowns at Scribd

My simmer is turning into a boil...

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At 29 August, 2007, Blogger Scott said...

That is outragious. Sounds to me like they want to ensure exclusivity for their "approved" magazines.

-a fellow DEP editor

At 30 August, 2007, Anonymous Michael Capobianco said...

Nope. It was a mistake that we're addressing. I've apologized over on the phywriter blog. We'll do what it takes to make this right.

Michael Capobianco
President, SFWA

At 30 August, 2007, Anonymous Gabith said...

whatever, michael, this sounds like world-class bullshit spin...word has it that the 'mistake' was one or more brick-headed thugs from the SFWA searching scribd for the last names of major sci-fi authors and demanding they take down every match they got, no matter what the context. I wonder if they'll make it right for all the other LEGITAMITE stuff that got taken down. it's all over various blogs

At 31 August, 2007, Blogger L. S. King said...

My fellow Overlord at Ray Gun Revival has posted a further comment. Rather than restate, or embellish, I'll just offer a link to his post:

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