OK guys, it's time to stop harshing on the estate. Let's take a minute and use our empathy. While posting the newsletters online would be a great resource for the fans (and it's something I will continue to pursue), it's important to remember that copyright law is complicated and dangerous if you've got money. See I don't have any. I don't make anything on this blog. If the lawyers came after me I'd have nothing for them. However, the PKD Trust is in another position. They have assets that a lawyer could go after. While I think keeping tight control over the newsletters is somewhat antithetical to the spirit in which the newsletters were created, the letter of the law is clear and the estate might be liable if a contributor were to feel slighted.
Look at it this way: which would you rather the estate spend its time on, putting together good movie adaptations (remember how much the estate did to ensure the quality and faithfulness of A Scanner Darkly?), or spending long days talking to lawyers because some blogger and a bunch of fans are stirring up trouble?
Let's keep in mind all the estate is doing right: PKD's novels are in print (even the mainstream stuff that was impossible to find for so long like Voices From the Street), a truly great PKD adaptation (A Scanner Darkly) managed to retain its independent spirit in a Hollywood which would have loved to get Travolta to play Arctor, the recent LoA release has elevated Dick's literary status to a whole new level, and most importantly, the estate seems to be surrounding itself with quality Dick-heads who are devoted to the work and vision of PKD (I'm speaking here primarily of Jonathan Lethem and Scanner producer Tommy Pallotta.
Sure we'd do things differently but let's not play armchair literary executors. There are so many forces in the current market that could really damage Dick's reputation and from where I sit the estate has managed to navigate a lot of these, so let's cut 'em some slack. I'm trying to determine if Paul Williams is still selling the newsletters, and if he is, we should get our copies from him. I'm sure he'd appreciate the support.