View Full Version : Blackmask.com

08-03-2006, 07:21 AM

Does anyone know what happened to Blackmask.com? They were my favourite place for free ebooks and now their web page isn't responding. Where did they go!?

08-03-2006, 07:38 AM
I remember reading that Blackmask.com is being sued by Conde Nast over the rights to some novels. I wonder if they brought down the web site until the dispute is resolved. I am just making a guess...maybe someone else knows.

08-03-2006, 11:53 PM
That's depressing.

More information here (http://www.boingboing.net/2006/04/08/conde_nast_sues_over.html) and here (http://www.gatago.com/alt/pulp/16432228.html).

08-04-2006, 07:08 AM
Project Gutenberg are still around. What did Blackmask do differently that put them up for trouble?


08-04-2006, 04:38 PM
It appears that Blackmask packaged two pulp novels (The Shadow and Doc Savage) as public domain e-books when if fact Conde Nast owns them. I guess Project Gutenberg has been more careful to check rights.

Soloset, thanks for adding the links! I did more searching and found some interesting details here (http://www.maximumgeek.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=3356) .

08-04-2006, 05:55 PM
Ohhhhh. I understand. Thanks for the information.

Blackmask was my favourite because they had more E. F. Benson works.

08-04-2006, 07:39 PM
Great link, oarsman! That really clears it up.

What an ugly copyright situation -- I think it's good that the site owner's willing to fight it out (maybe it'll settle some things) but I'm not sure I like the whole "Adverse Possession" thing.

08-04-2006, 09:39 PM
I run a free public-domain lit site (http://www.litrix.com) similar to, though not nearly as large as Blackmask was. But the dude running Blackmask was pretty cavalier about copyright issues, and had a number of things up that struck me as iffy on that front. There used to be a good site called "Classic Short Stories" or something similar, that got taken down for the same reason.

Pay attention to copyright laws, folks. They do apply on-line.


08-05-2006, 07:01 AM
Absolutely. I don't even use places like Napster or Kazaa, so I'm safe. I even got permissions for the jokes in my compilations.