RARA-AVIS: Public domain or under the radar screen theft?

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 19 Jan 2005

David wrote:

> The following works are public domain, per, extensive research at the
> LOC and http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/1/1/8/0/11800/11800-8.txt
> and, as of now, available as a free download from Blackmask (
> http://www.blackmask.com/cgi-bin/newlinks/page.cgi?g=New%2F2005-01
> -17.html&d=1

Really? What's extensive research?

Some of the books have been reprinted within the last few years, including the Norbert Davis ones, and Cockfighter was recently reprinted, as well, I believe. In fact, some of your downloads feature artwork from relatively recent editions, so I know you're aware of them.

And Miker wrote:

> Absolutely incredible! I couldn't even believe it at
> first. I had to go see for myself. A great
> contribution to the fans of hardboiled and noir.
> Thanks a bunch, David!

Hey, I'm as cheap as the next guy, but if these aren't truly in the public domain and were just scanned from the recent reprints (which ARE copyrighted) it's stealing. And a sure way to discourage any publisher from reprinting these babies

Kevin Burton Smith The Thrilling Detective Web Site Holiday Issue It's time to vote for the 2004 Thrillies! http://www.thrillingdetective.com

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