3809Re: [mythsoc] Re: [IAFA-L] LeGuin: "Those Who Walk Away from Omelas."
- Aug 16, 2001In a message dated 8/15/01 12:01:42 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> Besides the fact that you cannot trust such sources, even if they wereGive us a break here. You, Mary, I, and most of the people on this mailing
> legal, to get the text correctly, those who approve of courtesy (at least)
> to living authors will not do their reading in such a flagrantly
> copyright-violating manner.
list first read the story in a book years ago that we did pay for (or perhaps
which the library did pay for). You want her to pay at least $20 to find a
used copy of one of the books that contains the story or to buy one of those
in print that contains the story? (The only books in print that I found in
my search that have the story were college English anthologies, and those
tend to be rather expensive.) It's a one-page story.
I wasn't even looking for an online copy, but when I put the title of the
story into Google, those two URL's were near the top of the search engine.
The story is so short that just in glancing through the website to figure out
what it contained, I had to read the whole story. Look, I'm not very happy
either about the fact that the Internet makes it easy to illegally reproduce
material that's still in copyright, but what am I supposed to do about it?
One of those two URL's that has the story is in Russia. Do you want me to
call in a air strike against the computer that contains the story? Lecturing
people against reading webpages when they have easy access to them is pretty
useless. Perhaps the whole Internet should be re-organized so that material
in copyright isn't available for free (and perhaps, even better, it should
have short stories like this one available for download for a small price),
but I can't make that happen.
Besides, there are lots of stories and novels available on the Internet that
are out of copyright, and there's no easy way to tell from most of these
sites which contain material in copyright and which contain stuff out of
copyright. In any case, please go ahead and inform Le Guin's people that
"The Ones That Walk Away from Omelas" is available on those two websites.
Perhaps they have enough clout to get them to take down the stories.
You use an inaccurate analogy when you quote Tolkien from the preface to the
Ballantine edition. The Ace editions were not in violation of copyright
laws. They may have shown that the copyright laws were so badly written at
the time that they allowed works to lose their copyright status for absurd
reasons, but Ace wasn't violating any laws in their editions.
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