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Ursula LeGuin, doyenne of science fiction novelists, got an apology from BoingBoing’s copyright cowboy Cory Doctorow after Doctorow decided to post her 600 word single paragraph short story, as some sort of copyright test case or maybe just because he liked it. She responded to his apology post which was nearly 400 words longer than the actual story.

ValleyWag’s commenters accuse him of sucking up.

Cinerati has Doctorow’s “killfile” excuse. Killfile is a term from the dark ages of Usenet; Doctorow’s showing his age.

Nihilistic Kid and Science Fiction Writers of America dissect the whole thing.

Gaudy Patter gets the big picture:

because Doctorow does the digital equivalent of sticking his fingers in his ears and singing “la, la, la” when he receives email from someone he doesn’t like, he embarrassed himself personally and professionally and undercut his credibility on one of his signature issues.

(photo by Dan Tuffs)