Ok, so I'm late coming to the party here. I admit that I purposely didn't get internet on my honeymoon, so I missed this until I found it this morning. By now, there is intelligent and rational discussion of it all over the internet. My brain is still not working at its optimum level, so my comments will be brief.
Basically, SFWA, the Science Fiction Writers of America, has fraudulently ordered the removal of works from the Scribd website, under the guise of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act), which I have always hated as a piece of legislation. They have done so, by and large, without the consent of their members or any prior notification of those authors whose works were removed without their consent. They have exposed themselves to a potential legal liability. And they have made general asses of themselves.
Cory Doctorow explains the situation here, in much more detail and eloquence than I am able to muster at the moment. Chris (who I am talking to on the phone right now, as I write this post), thinks that this is madly inept of them. I agree completely with him. Dr. Andrew Burt, please excuse my language, but you seem to have fucked yourself and the organization royally.
I'm late in renewing my affiliate member dues, as I was caught up in the chaos of getting married. At the moment, I'm not actually sure that I want to renew them, if this is the the sort of face that the organization is putting forward to the public. I have many issues with SFWA, least among them that affiliate members are often treated as second-class citizens. I am not even allowed access to the discussion forums, and I pay over $50 a year. I get the privilege of having my name listed in a directory and being allowed into the SFWA suite at cons. Woo hoo.
So instead, as a possible alternative to SFWA, I point you to my friend, Lisa Mantchev's LJ post about the subject. I'm the first comment there. I'll publicly state here that I'd help a new genre writer's guild in a capacity as a nascent genre writer, as well as a professional agent. If I can do something to make it better for people, then I will. So hop on over to Lisa's LJ. Comment here. And spread the word.