In a move that is causing an uproar for Amazon Kindle owners Amazon has unilaterally removed books previously purchased by Kindle owners. The reason Amazon deletes Orwell books from Kindle was a claim by Amazon that an unauthorized copy of the book was made available in the Amazon online store.
George Orwell – 1984 and Animal Farm Author
The books 1984 and Animal Farm, removed from Kindle without notice from Amazon, were made available through the Amazon online store and were removed by the company without warning. Read more and see a classic ad below.
The controversy occurred when Amazon was informed that the copyright holder in the United States was claiming that the copy being distributed online was in violation of the copyright. Amazon then removed the books not only from the online store, but reached out and removed the books from any Kindle owner who happened to purchase on or both of the books. No warning, just poof, no more book.
Obviously this has caused quite the uproar. Amazon also acknowledged the fact that they mis-handled the situation by releasing the following statement found here:
“We are changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers’ devices in these circumstances,”
We’re not hearing a great deal about this, but let’s take a minute to think of another scenario which may illustrate the point a bit better. Imagine if you purchased a song off of iTunes that Apple had listed in their iTunes Store. You submit the payment and begin happily listening to your song. Well, after you purchase the song Apple decides to remove the song from the store, and not only that they set up a process where the song would be erased from the iPod and your computer. Imagine the outrage. I know I’d be upset.
Amazon needs to up their screening process before they allow these types of books to be posted. The problem becomes that in certain countries like Canada, Australia and Russia, the copyright has expired and the book becomes part of the public domain. Get’s a bit confusing I’m sure, but they ought to do a better job of protecting their customers and their rights.
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