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Project Gutenberg Responds To Infringement Claims

Project Gutenberg has responded to claims from science fiction author Greg Bear and his wife Astrid Anderson Bear (daughter of sci-fi author Poul Anderson) that the public domain site may have infringed the rights of some authors and improperly put their work into the public domain.

In a letter addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Bear, Dr. Gregory B. Newby, chief executive and director of the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation explains in detail how works are selected for publication in the public domain and acknowledges that an error was made in regards to a story that was part of a series.

Here is an excerpt from the letter: “Our lawyer advised that our non-renewal determination for The Escape was in error.  Therefore, on October 1, I removed The Escape from the Project Gutenberg collections and catalog and announced its removal to our mailing list. On behalf of Project Gutenberg, I apologize for the error.

The error occurred because we did not know that Brainwave was a complete publication of the serial parts of The Escape.  We did know from the publication of The Escape in 1953 that it was the first part of a serialization, but did not know that Brainwave, from 1954, was the title of the complete serialization.

We are working on enhancements to our procedures for serial works so that we are more likely to find variations in titles such as happened with Brainwave.”

The letter goes on to explain Gutenberg’s new policy on checking copyright dates. Follow this link to read the entire letter.

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Sci-Fi Author Accuses Project Gutenberg Of Releasing Copyrighted Works

Science fiction author Greg Bear and his wife Astrid Anderson Bear, who is the daughter of sci-fi author, Poul Anderson, claim that Project Gutenberg may have infringed the rights of some authors and improperly put their work into the public domain.

In a letter authored by Mr. and Mrs. Bear, they write: “After conducting legal research on the LEXIS database of legal cases, decisions, and precedents, we have demonstrated conclusively that PG was making incorrect determinations regarding public domain status in many, many works that originally appeared in magazine form. The Poul Anderson estate has been able to get one work, “The Escape”, that PG had firmly declared to be public domain, removed from their site. PG’s original reasoning was that since the magazine it appeared in had never actually filed for copyright, the work was unprotected. “The Escape”, printed in 1953, was the first half of Anderson’s well-known novel BRAINWAVE, which was published and properly copyrighted the following year.” They go on to give examples of court cases in the letter.


Project Gutenberg Adds Most Popular Books To Search

Free eBooks site Project Gutenberg has gotten a facelift and the new site includes a section for its most popular eBooks.

Now instead of randomly searching the site for what they have added in the last 24 hours, week or month, or searching specific titles or authors, you can browse through popular titles that others are downloading.

The list includes a number of classics such as Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

For more information on free eBooks, check our blog daily for our Free eBook of the Day series. We post free eBooks from many different sites, but often include Project Gutenberg in our mix.

Gutenberg eReader Android app Launches

There is a new way to read Project Gutenberg’s vast library of free eBooks and it is called the Gutenberg eReader Android app.

The app has access to the entire Gutenberg library and divides the Gutenberg library up into hundreds of categories including Science Fiction, Children’s Literature, Poetry, and Fantasy. It works on any Android phone or tablet device. There is also a function to share books from the library with friends and family.

The app automatically updates the library, so the content is current, which is good since Project Gutenberg is adding new books everyday,

Android users can sample the app for 24 hours for free and can purchase the app for $3.99.