Many have been vocal about Burt’s removal, so I found interesting this perspective from Peter Glaskowsky at CNet, who likens Burt to the persecuted Spiderman:
So there we have it. Burt doesn’t look anything like Spider-Man, but he’s had about the same effect–the streets get cleaned up at the cost of a few sticky bits left hanging around. And what’s his reward? A few loudmouths are demanding his arrest and summary execution.
Doctorow ought to know better. Even if he prefers to distribute his writings free of charge and make his living another way, he should show more respect for the right of other writers to sell their work. He should be supporting SFWA, not book pirates and those who protect them. And that goes for all the other SFWA members who’ve been giving SFWA grief over Burt’s actions, too.