Alas, the Blackmask site remains dark, probably because of the legal situation. Meanwhile one wonder if Conde Nast’s lawyers will now send a warning to the World eBook Library–the WeBL catalog still has a Blackmask section listing Doc Savage and Shadow titles, the very stuff that got Blackmask into trouble. This is really sad. Fearing that the copyright interests will try to shut down Project Gutenberg, Michael Hart has been scrupulous to avoid violations of law.
Does anyone out there care what’s happening to Project Gutenberg’s good name as a result of associations with problematic partners like the World eBook Library? The real Gutenberg and Michael are closely tied. Although he doesn’t sit on the board of the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation, three of the four board members seem to be cronies of his from the University of Illinois. The fouth is Greg Newby, Gutenberg’s executive director. If I were running PGLAF, I’d replace the cronies with some real e-book people such as Juliet Sutherland or Charles Franks from Distributed Proofreaders.
I’d also let the board control the “Project Gutenberg” trademark and disclose how it’s being used. The trademark remains Michael’s personal property, and I’d still like to know what business deals he may be using it to make. It would be cool to be for you and Gutenberg to prosper, Michael, and for you retire comfortably when ready; it is not cool to carry on commerce behind the backs of Gutenberg volunteers who made “Project Gutenberg” such a valuable name.