The Boat Anchor Manual Archive (BAMA) can no longer offer Heathkit manuals for free, nor can commercial services sell the manuals. A company call Data Professionals now owns the copyrights. Their website states:
Data Professionals of Pleasanton California has purchased the Copyrights and existing inventory of all legacy Heathkit product documentation from Heath Company of Benton Harbor Michigan for an undisclosed amount. The new company will make copies of the original legacy manuals available to the marketplace via its website and through eBay and PayPal.
There’s some more information about this at: http://www.pestingers.net/Heathkit_manuals.htm.
There’s also some debate as to whether Data Professionals owns all of the copyrights or not. Some of the manual may have already passed into the public domain.
It’s kind of sad that these manuals have been pulled, but if the company can actually make a go of providing professional support, then it may be a good thing. I suspect that hams will form an informal network of file-sharing to keep these manuals available for free. We’ll see.