Yesterday, I received an email from someone acting on behalf of Quintessence, the company that publishes the 1001 Before You Die series. The email asked us to remove both the 1001 Movies and 1001 Books apps from sale, stating that by reproducing the list and offering it for sale, we were in breach of copyright. In response, we not only removed the apps but also the spreadsheets, including the free Lite version.
We’re currently in a conversation about whether there is any potential for partnership with them in any way. I don’t hold out much hope here, but you never know.
The last 6 years has been fun. Whatever the next 6 years holds, I’ll always remember the long spreadsheet and all too brief app eras as times of pursuing a vision, facing the challenge, and seeing it realised. If you downloaded a spreadsheet, particularly if you donated for one, it was you that actually made that vision a reality. Without your support the spreadsheet as it would have been with v5 (already in development) and the apps would not have existed at all.
As a wise man on the 1001 books list once said, “So long, and thanks for all the fish.”
Update 5th July: Publishers have written back to say that they want “to see how we might find a solution that could benefit all parties.”
Update 6th July: I’ve created an online petition to lobby the publishers for release of these products and to communicate the huge demand for them worldwide.
Update 7th July: 100 signatures so far and so many messages of support from Belgium, Singapore, Mexico, New Zealand, the US, the UK… fantastic work guys! Check out the bottom of the petition page to see the comments.
Update 10th July:Hi everyone… major announcement. The petition is closed. It’s served it’s purpose and I’m now entering into discussions with the publishers. These discussions, I’m sure you’ll understand have to be confidential. As a result, having the petition out there in a public forum will not help these discussions. In time, I’ll have news. It may take weeks or months but I’ll have news.
I can’t express my thanks to you all for your support. 198 signatures in four days from 27 countries! You are truly amazing!