The exile of the e-book Spots the Space Marine finally ended last Friday, after being removed from the online distributor for nearly two months thanks to a trademark infringement claim from Games Workshop over the term “space marine.” The takedown inspired controversy and vocal support for the book’s author from online commentators like Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi, who noted that space marines have been around a rather long time in sci-fi media, as well as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which worked with author MCA Hogarth to get her e-book reinstated.

Monday, February 11, 2013