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Science Fiction Writers Write DMCA Takedowns 197

Posted by Zonk
from the quit-using-our-free-stuff-for-free dept.
TheGreatGraySkwid writes "With an ironic lack of forward thinking, the Science Fiction Writers of America (or, more specifically, their Vice President Andrew Burt) have issued scattershot DMCA takedown notices against numerous items on the document-sharing site Scribd, many of which were not infringing on SFWA copyrights in any way. It appears that a simple keyword search for prominent science fiction names (like 'Asimov' and 'Silverburg') was used to determine which documents were to be singled out. Included in the documents was Cory Doctorow's 'Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom,' which was released under the Creative Commons license and is freely available at any number of places. Doctorow is up in arms over at BoingBoing, with several other Science Fiction notables speaking up in the comments."
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Science Fiction Writers Write DMCA Takedowns

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  • Huh? (Score:4, Funny)

    by NumbDr9 (601117) on Friday August 31, 2007 @04:29PM (#20428505)
    I can understand why DMCA takedown notices qualify as fiction, but what makes them SCIENCE fiction?
  • Re:Cory (Score:5, Funny)

    by Stanistani (808333) on Friday August 31, 2007 @04:35PM (#20428555) Homepage Journal
    The reverberating roar of the Doctorow's engines filled the air - an almost palpable presence. The noise beat on Burt like a mob of angry asimovs as he scuttled through the rubble. "What have I gotten myself into now?" he wondered. He slid his rad meter from his belt and ruefully calculated his exposure - more than 500 heinlein.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 31, 2007 @05:00PM (#20428819)
    Isaac Asimov - Robert Silverberg - David Eddings - Neal Stephenson - William Gibson - SFWA Vice President Andrew Burt
    Isaac Asimov - Robert Silverberg - David Eddings - Neal Stephenson - William Gibson - SFWA Vice President Andrew Burt
    Isaac Asimov - Robert Silverberg - David Eddings - Neal Stephenson - William Gibson - SFWA Vice President Andrew Burt
    Isaac Asimov - Robert Silverberg - David Eddings - Neal Stephenson - William Gibson - SFWA Vice President Andrew Burt

    Wonder if I should report to the local federal building or wait for the G-Men to come pick me up now?
  • Re:Cory (Score:2, Funny)

    by LarsG (31008) on Friday August 31, 2007 @05:05PM (#20428867) Journal
    more than 500 heinlein.

    I had always been of the impression that irate is measured ellison.
  • Re:Cory (Score:4, Funny)

    by julesh (229690) on Friday August 31, 2007 @06:13PM (#20429451)
    Well, yeah. You're about as likely to find someone saying "who's this guy pretending to be Wil Wheaton?"
  • by Chmcginn (201645) * on Friday August 31, 2007 @10:09PM (#20430797) Journal

    I had always been of the impression that irate is measured ellison.

    We don't need to turn this into another SI vs. Imperial units argument again, do we?

  • by Aardpig (622459) on Friday August 31, 2007 @11:01PM (#20431001)
    I see your Imperial units, and I raise you a Rebel unit. Perhaps Admiral Akbar yelling 'it's a trap!'
  • Re:Cory (Score:4, Funny)

    by Lumpy (12016) on Friday August 31, 2007 @11:21PM (#20431105) Homepage
    Fact checking on Slashdot?

    OMG!! OMG !!

    This is the first sign of the apocalypse! It was foretold in chapter three of the holy testaments of the TCP/IP.

    Chapter 15 verse 7 of the book of routing.

    "and Yea, before the end of time when the routing tables become corrupt and the packets fragment, there shall be a sign. The well of bable, the fountian of inanity will have a single light grow from within. A young new user will go against the word and check the truthiness of the word. Upon this event, the fall of all that is will begin. This will be the warning of the arrival of the rouge router packet horsemen that will start the loss of data, reset TTL counters at random causing packet losses where there should not be any and the bandwidth will fall."

    DOOMED! WEARE ALL DOOMED!

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