Lawrence and Wishart, a radical press founded in 1936 and formerly associated with the Communist Party of Great Britain, has asserted a copyright over "Marx-Engels Collected Works," a series of $25-50-ish hardcovers, and demanded that they be removed from the Marxist Internet Archive. As Scott McLemee notes, the editions in question were "prepared largely if not entirely with the support of old-fashioned, Soviet-era Moscow gold" and consist, in large part, of arguments about the moral bankruptcy and corrupting influence of claims of private property.
Marx-Engels Collected Works will be removed from Marxists.org on May Day. Here's a torrent of the full set.
If Lawrence & Wishart still considers itself a socialist institution, its treatment of the Archive is uncomradely at best, and arguably much worse; while if the press is now purely a capitalist enterprise, its behavior is merely stupid. I hope some of you will get in touch with the press to say that, or something else appropriate. Here's the contact information:
Lawrence & Wishart
99a Wallis Road
London E9 5LN
subs and orders:
T: 01621 741607
T: 020 8533 2506
F: 020 8533 736
Managing Editor: Sally Davison. email@example.com
Finance Director: Avis Greenaway. firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Becky Luff email@example.com
Promotions: Katharine Harris Katharine@lwbooks.co.uk
Karlo Marx and Fredrich Engels / Came to the checkout at the 7-11 [Scott McLemee/Crooked Timber]
(Image: If Karl Marx was alive…, Pete Birkinshaw, CC-BY)