[PGCanada] Gone With the Wind, redux

Darryl Moore darryl at moores.ca
Wed Nov 10 17:58:34 PST 2004

I have a copy already. I've also been told that Col Choat is away, and 
that the people minding the fort have taken it down until his return. I 
believe he is planning to get it back up upon his return. This is all 
just hearsay mind you.

Yes, since GWTW is the catalyst which has gotten me interested in this 
project anyway, it will be one of the first works that I would like to 
see made prominently available on PG Canada. However I'd like us to get 
all our legal, technical, and organizational ducks lined up first. 
Before we declare PGC hunting season open. ;-)


Wallace J.McLean wrote:

> I received the following PM today at Distributed Proofreading:
> To: [DP ALIAS]
> Posted: 10 Nov 2004 18:34 
> Subject: Another call to arms   
> Hello [DP ALIAS], 
> You are Canadian, aren't you? I need someone for a rescue operation; 
> the pay is lousy* and the risk is ... er ... for you to decide. 
> As you know, the Mitchell estate threatened Project Gutenberg Australia 
> (PGA) with legal action if they didn't remove their etext of Gone With 
> The Wind, and although I do not know whether Col Choat (who effectively 
> is PGA) removed that file, all links to it now say "Page not found", or 
> something to that effect. 
> Luckily, my prodigious googling skills (cough!) allowed me to trace a 
> copy. Unfortunately, although I am allowed to download it under [MY 
> NATIONAL] copyright law, that same law prohibits me to publish it. 
> Could you perhaps download it? I am not asking you to publish it or 
> anything (the Mitchell estate lawyers are a lot closer to Canada than 
> to Australia), you could at least legally pass it on to someone who is 
> allowed to publish it. Also, I believe Michael Hart and John Mark 
> Ockerbloom (Online Books Pages) are interested in the whereabouts of 
> any surviving copies of their etext. 
> Anyway, you can find a non-Gutenberg copy of the text at 
> http://www.globusz.com/ebooks/GoneWithTheWind/. Also, part of a copy of 
> the Gutenberg version seems to sit in the Google cache: 
> ?q=cache:rgeeJ5-OkIUJ:gutenberg.net.au/ebooks02/0200161.txt 
> +%22gone+with+the+wind%22 
> +Plain+Vanilla+Electronic+Texts 
> &hl=en. Truncated at some point, it is not very useful reading 
> material, but perhaps it can be used to establish whether Globusz used 
> the Gutenberg version. 
> The search strings I used were: 
> "gone with the wind" plain vanilla electronic texts 
> and 
> "Melanie and Pittypat had gone" 
> I don't know if this is necessary; the Canadian volunteer who produced 
> the text is known, and I would not be surprised if he still owned a 
> copy, or even the original. In which case it could be rescanned and ran 
> through DP Europe. 
> Perhaps I am getting too worked up over nothing. I hope I am not 
> inconveniencing you too much. 
> Thanks, 
> *) As in: non-existant.
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